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Choice is available to 2011-12 high school students (current 8-11th graders) who live in the following school districts or who currently attend: Burlington High School Champlain Valley Union High School Essex High School (choice with SBHS only) South Burlington High School Winooski High School The School Boards of the above communities have entered into â€œschool choiceâ€? agreements with each other, and thus public school choice options exist in Chittenden County.
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Since winning the November election, Gov.-elect Peter Shumlin has issued a steady stream of announcements about his picks for key posts in his administration. Seven Days gets press releases nearly every day announcing yet another new hire.
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12/18: Burlington enters an unlikely alliance with defense contractor Lockheed Martin.
12/20: Tickets to the Lauryn Hill show at Higher Ground were $60 a pop. Was she worth it?
12/20: Lauren Ober is shocked by what people reveal on the long ride to the top of the mountain.
12/21: Late-breaking news: After 37 years, the Vermont Mozart Festival is calling it quits.
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Lately I’ve noticed that the restaurant reviews have been a bit more critical, while still striving to be supportive of the local food scene. This is good; keep it up! Your review of Via Loma paralleled my experience [“Small Plates,” December 15]: warm place that I want to like, but exceedingly noisy to the point of discomfort. The food was decent, nothing special, but had potential. I was thinking of going back until my $52 bill came, and I was still quite hungry. This is not just Via Loma: Church & Main, The Green Room, Bluebird et al. are focusing more on small plates. The reality is that the effort, labor, overhead and cost it takes to create a small plate is, except for actual ingredients, about the same as a large plate. Therefore, the cost is too high and the perceived value too low. My friends and I have been regularly tantalized by the possibility of enjoying a smorgasbord of small tastes and then shocked at the cost. Michael Wisniewski HINESBURG
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In response to the hypercritical review of Via Loma [“Small Plates,” December 15], I would comment that my experiences there have been excellent, including
good service and excellent food. Also, I have hearing impairment but find the acoustics at Via Loma quite good. I would not hesitate to return. Michael Wool CHARLOTTE
As a volunteer programmer at low-power 170-watt WMRW 95.1 FM in Warren and also at 1000-watt WGDR 91.1 FM out of Goddard College in Plainfield, I enjoyed reading about Harry and Jack’s radio show at WOMM [“Kids FM,” December 8]. The novelty of independent, community-based, free-form radio is taking off around Vermont and elsewhere, much to the satisfaction of the 35-year-old Goddard station stalwarts. A couple of things caught my attention. First: Did you get “obstreperousness” off of a Graduate Record Exam review course? Two conventional dictionaries did not contain it. I finally located this vaguely familiar term (because I took the GREs) on an online site. It means “noisily and stubbornly defiant” or “aggressively boisterous,” which Harry (who can’t possibly have encountered this term yet) clearly isn’t, in your portrayal of him. Perhaps that’s a “Seven Days-ism” for trying to appear hip and erudite? I’m 38, and the main reasons I’m on the air for no pay are because
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Biomass Busted? Why Wood-Fired Power Is Catching Heat in Vermont
26 I Am a 16thGeneration Vermonter Winter Reading: Essay
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Art or Exploitation? Local Artist Solicits Stories From Rape Survivors for Video Project
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Winter Reading: Writers Jon and Wendy Clinch BY MARGOT HARRISON
A Year in Independently Published Nonfiction in the 802 Vermont Filmmaker Plans to Revisit the Zantop Murders in Judgment Ridge
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40 Feeling the Heat
23 Whiskey Tango Foxtrot We just had to ask... BY KEN PICARD
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Do you hear what I hear? At Brandon Music, listeners get an earful of Old-Time Radio Dramas — specifically, two 1954 dramatizations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes series. Vicariously experience a little Victorian adventure through the voices of Ralph Richardson, John Gielgud, Orson Welles and others. “The cast is perfection,” opines Brandon Music owner Stephen Sutton. Turn it up.
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This time of year, more is merrier. And in a gallery setting, a good way to display more art is to show diminutive pieces. “Petite,” Edgewater Gallery’s debut show of small works, is a visual feast of landscape paintings, still lifes and colorful abstractions — and it also marks the Middlebury venue’s first-year anniversary. Look for works by Anne Cady, Jon Olsen, Andy Newman and 22 others, now through December 31.
’Tis the season for tromping through snowfall — and there’s certainly no lack of opportunities at Shelburne Farms, where Sleigh Rides depart every half hour. See the landscape coated in white while a team of horses guides the way. Even Santa would be jealous of this view.
You don’t have to literally be at home for the holidays, as a couple of public events fostering community prove this Saturday. Burlington’s Holiday Dinner for Seniors offers entertainment over a ham supper, and Barre’s volunteer-driven Community Christmas Dinner serves up a free feast. Spread that seasonal spirit!
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source of the Sun’s stories, agents raided Drake’s home in late 2007. He cooperated with federal investigators until April 2008, when Drake realized that he was a target of the probe and not just a witness. He then resigned from the NSA. Only four people in U.S. history have been charged under the Espionage Act for mishandling classified information. The first was DANIEL ELLSBERG, who leaked “The Pentagon Papers” to the New York Times. The documents revealed the United States’ military strategy in Vietnam and helped turn the public against the war, triggering events that led to the resignation of President RICHARD M. NIXON.
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“I fear the storm ahead for him,” said Frappier. “Clearly, they are trying to send a chilling message, but it’s on the back of the wrong guy.”
Battle for Recognition
At least three of Vermont’s Native American tribes will seek state recognition from the legislature next year in hopes of boosting their chances of receiving a federal designation to sell handmade goods as “official” Native American wares. The official stamp would also allow Vermont’s American Indians to access federal education funds. A bill designed to grant recognition to select tribes was nixed last year due to infighting between Abenaki and nonAbenaki, as well as disputes within the Abenaki community itself. Lawmakers took sides, too, in these generations-old battles. Rather than grant recognition, lawmakers established nine hoops, er, criteria a tribe must meet to be legit in the eyes of the legislature. It also called for all new appointments to the nine-member Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs. The VCNAA, along with several outside scholars, has the task of reviewing each recognition request. If VCNAA gives the OK, requests are forwarded to the House General, Housing and Military Affairs Committee for review. Whatever it recommends goes to a fullfloor vote. So far, three tribes have applied: Nulhegan, Koasek and Elnu. Their applications are under review and likely will be ready for a legislative vote this coming session, said VCNAA’s new chairman, LUKE WILLARD, the former chief of the Nulhegan Tribe in the Northeast Kingdom. Others tribes are still preparing applications, but those might not be ready in time for a vote in 2011. Some Abenaki allies have taken the unusual step of asking House Speaker SHAP SMITH to ban one lawmaker in particular — Rep. KESHA RAM (D-Burlington) — from the review process. Why? The perception is that Ram played a key role in derailing last year’s recognition effort at the 11th hour. Ram tells “Fair Game” she has no intention of stepping down from the House General, Housing and Military Affairs Committee. “I am hurt by the news of this letter, however, the Abenaki community is not
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On Monday, Shumlin named Deputy Treasurer Beth Pearce to succeed Treasurer JeB SPaulding. Spaulding will resign from office in January to become Shumlin’s secretary of administration. Come January, Pearce will be the only woman holding statewide elective office. Is Gov.-elect Peter ShuMlin trying to compensate for that gender inequity by appointing so many women to key leadership posts? To date, half of his 28 appointments have been women — for a net gain of nine sisters in the upper levels of state government. Shumlin’s key inner circle of staffers on the fifth floor — where the executive office is located in the Pavilion Building in Montpelier — has only two Y-chromosome-configured staffers: the governor-elect and his chief of staff Bill lofy. I guess we know who’s got the man-date in this administration.
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Vermont taxpayers shelled out close to $1.7 million in out-of-state travel expenses for state workers and executives between mid-January and mid-November 2010. That’s an increase of about $300,000 over the same time period last year. All aboard the gravy train? Sure seems like it. According to a report provided to “Fair Game” by the Agency of Administration, state employees were reimbursed roughly $790,000 for out-of-state travel, including car rentals, airfare, hotels and meals, over the 11-month period. Another $900,000 in out-of-state travel costs was charged to state-owned credit cards. The top four jet-setting agencies or departments were: the Department of Public Safety — $195,984; the Agency of Transportation — $166,200; the Department of Health — $112,000; the Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration — $90,000. BISHCA spent another $50,000 on travel but had those costs reimbursed by outside associations and organizations. Outgoing BISHCA commissioner Mike Bertrand said he’d been tasked by Finance Commissioner JiM reardon to be “very aggressive about finding ways to have these costs covered by outside agencies, and we have done that.” The Department of Public Service plunked down more than $65,000 this year on out-of-state travel — double what it spent last year. Reardon said two critical missions kept DPS officials flying around the
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“It’s sort of caveman technology,” Schlossberg says of biomass electricity — a point he makes in an anti-biomass slideshow he’s presenting in towns all over the state, including Pownal and Fair Haven. “It’s cleaner than the dirtiest, but when you compare it to emissions from wind, solar and small hydro, it’s not even in comparison.” Biomass plants work the same way as coal-fired ones do — only they burn plant material, such as wood or switchgrass, to make steam, which turns a turbine that generates electricity. Depending how it’s combusted and what pollution controls a plant has, biomass can produce lower net carbon emissions than coal and is infinitely more renewable; timber is essentially a crop that can be planted over and over again. To Beaver Wood Energy LLC, that looks like a good business model. The Medway, Mass.-based company, a group of energy executives from New England who are partnering with engineering giant Bechtel, is proposing to build both Vermont plants. It promises that each generating station will produce 29 megawatts of local power, create 50 full-time jobs, and stimulate Vermont’s construction and forestry economies. How’s the company’s track record? The Beaver Wood partners have been involved in multiple business ventures, including
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GenPower Services LLC and Alternative Energy Inc. They used to operate biomass plants in Maine, and racked up a string of air-quality violations and corresponding fines there — including one for $134,000. It’s all documented on the website of a group opposed to the Pownal proposal. Thomas Emero, a founding partner of Beaver Wood Energy, downplays the infractions. He says Maine state regulators kept track of every occasion when the plant exceeded pollution limits — even when they were minimal — but didn’t come forth with the tab until the company was looking to sell.
“It’s no different than a police officer watching you go by his speed point at 67 miles an hour. Is he going to pull you over? Probably not,” Emero says. “But if there was a computer-generated record of that, and the state decides they’re going to go back and issue fines for every single time you’ve ever exceeded 65 miles an hour, you’re going to get a bill.” The biomass plants in Vermont would be state-of-the-art, says Emero, noting the trouble in Maine stemmed in part from burning construction debris laden with paint and other toxic chemicals. They’d be far cleaner than most combined Matthew Thorsen
s biomass the solution to Vermont’s energy problems or the next big threat to our health and environment? Virtually every candidate in the recent governor’s race — including Republican Brian Dubie — championed the idea of burning wood for heat and electricity as a clean and renewable alternative to fossil fuels. Plus, biomass can provide crucial base-load electric power — something neither intermittent wind nor solar power can do. In November, the legislature-created Biomass Energy Development Working Group issued a draft report endorsing construction of one large-scale power plant and calling for state-level subsidies to encourage growth of Vermont’s biomass industry. But now that two wood-fired power plants have been proposed — in Fair Haven and Pownal — opponents are coming out of the woodwork, contending it’s not that clean, and could threaten forests and human health. Leading the charge is Josh Schlossberg, a self-described “advocacy journalist” who writes a newsletter called “Biomass Busters.” The East Montpelier resident works for the Biomass Accountability Project, a Massachusettsbased group that formed to oppose biomass power plants in the Bay State.
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t first glance, the online ad sounds like a promising, albeit emotionally charged, opportunity for a self-selected candidate: “Anonymous rape survivors wanted for inclusion in a theatrical production. You do not need to do any acting or much beyond meeting with the producer for a couple of hours. The project benefits the Burlington Rape Crisis Center.” This ad, and at least three others that are similarly worded, are currently running on the Burlington hub of Craigslist, a national online bulletin board that publicizes postings for jobs, housing, services, items for sale and other “gigs.” The ads were placed over the last four months by Burlington artist and musician Dana Graham Phelps, who claims to be compiling rape-survivor stories for
inclusion in a “multimedia video project” he’s producing at VCAM, a local community-access channel. Phelps says his ultimate goal is to raise money for victim-advocacy groups in Vermont and elsewhere. One problem: The Women’s Rape Crisis Center has no connection to Phelps or his work, and has posted a warning to that
effect on its website. Of particular concern to the WRCC are reports that Phelps has asked some of the female respondents if they would disrobe so he could photograph them naked. Several have reportedly done so. “The WRCC has never, and will never, endorse or partner with any projects that sexualize and/or glorify the reality of
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Most of the women he interviewed did not want to be identified, Phelps reports. But he did supply the name of Laura Letourneau, a 26-year-old college student and mother from Hardwick. Letourneau says she drove to Burlington alone about a month ago to meet Phelps in his home. “It was fine. Obviously, I was nervous at first because it was at his apartment, but he was really nice,” she says. “I got a trustworthy type of vibe and I was all right after a few minutes.” After she saw the ad on Craigslist, Letourneau says, she contacted the Burlington Police. She said they were aware of Phelps’ project. “I definitely checked him out before I made the drive to Burlington,” she says. The Burlington PD could neither confirm nor deny her claim. Letourneau says she told Phelps the story of her brutal rape, which occurred when she was 18. He recorded the interview and took several photos, “but nothing weird,” she emphasizes. When Phelps mentioned “erotica art,” she says, “it kind of freaked me and I thought, This is kind of sadistic … But then I saw his art and you cannot really tell they’re nude images … They’re very abstract.” Letourneau explains why she agreed to be identified by name: She recently wrote a book about her rape, entitled Daddy’s Secret Love. It was published last June. As for the connection to the WRCC, Letourneau says Phelps told her about that “misunderstanding” when she visited his apartment. “I felt pretty comfortable with him,” she says. “He seemed pretty genuine.” m
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dicate that he’s looking for anyone under the age of 18.” Even Phelps’ claim that he’s raising money for the “Burlington Rape Crisis Center” — the organization’s actual name is the Women’s Rape Crisis Center — evidently doesn’t meet the definition of fraud, according to Lt. Tim Charland, a Burlington police detective. “I don’t think he’s breaking the law, but if these women don’t realize it, he’s revictimizing them,” Charland says. “These are women who’ve gone through traumatic experiences, and to be put back in such an emotional position and tell their stories? I’m just baffled that he’d get them to disrobe for him.” Reached by phone last week, Phelps claims the WRCC originally sanctioned his project — and that a woman there “offered to composite some real stories” for him. After learning there was an “erotic” element to the project, the crisis center reversed itself, he says. “It was a problem, and I’m trying to deal with it in an amicable way,” Phelps adds. “We’re on the same side here. I wanted to give them money, but at this time, I have to say it’s now a totally separate thing.” Phelps says he’s received “many responses” to his ads, from women in Vermont and elsewhere, and has interviewed six survivors already. Typically, subjects come to his apartment and he records their stories using home audio equipment. Phelps admits he’s also videotaped and photographed several subjects, including a few who undressed for him. “It’s not going to be pornographic or overtly sexual. I’m not even going to put much nude stuff in there,” Phelps says about the finished project, which he
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nother year, another 50-odd Vermont-authored books that found their way to the Seven Days office. That number increases every year, as more and more local writers turn to some form of self- or independent publishing. These days, it can be difficult to know just how a book became a book. Some small, independent publishing companies print works the editors have painstakingly selected and vetted. Some exist to print the works of a single writer — who’s also the publisher. And some writers pay print-on-demand services such as Shires Press (operated by Manchester’s NORTHSHIRE BOOKSTORE) to put their books out there. Call it what you will — the new publishing paradigm leaves us with more books than we can read. Here are some of the titles we received this year. Perhaps we’ll revisit a few in 2011. In a
year when “Jersey Shore”’s Snooki and the Situation managed to snag book contracts, we’re aware that the name of a big New York publisher on the spine is no guarantee of quality. Look for a roundup of independently published fiction and poetry early next year. Most of these books can be ordered online or through your local bookseller. I’ve included price information when it was on the jacket.
Golden Times: Tales Through the Sugarhouse Window by Burr Morse. “My roots go back over 200 years in this bony, Vermont soil and my memory has seen fifty-five of them,” writes Morse of Montpelier’s Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks. His tales of those years come with glowing blurbs from Gov. Jim Douglas and Willem Lange. (175 pages. $19.95.)
Into the Clear Blue Sky by Eileen Tapper, illustrated by D. Ellery. The Northeast Kingdom author designed this picture book as a therapeutic tool for women who have experienced a miscarriage; she has founded a nonprofit to distribute it and research its effectiveness. (Reuben Books, 29 pages.)
Forest Under My Fingernails: Reflections and Encounters on the Long Trail by Walt McLaughlin. A North Ferrisburgh publisher put out this handsome little volume by the St. Albans guide and journalist, who also publishes nature-related titles through his own Wood Thrush Books. His meditative narrative of solo hiking is worth a look as the Green Mountain Club’s centennial year draws to a close. (Heron Dance Press, 177 pages. $15.95.)
The Magical Path: Conscious Dreaming Exercises for Healing & Growth by Wendy S. Halley. The Northfield psychotherapist offers exercises for shamanic
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know director for capturing the state’s past in films such as Disappearances and A Stranger in the Kingdom. But his next feature film project has a more contemporary subject — and a controversial one. Craven has obtained the rights to Judgment Ridge, a nonfiction account of the 2001 murders of Dartmouth professors Half and Susanne Zantop by two teenagers from Chelsea, Vt., James Parker and Robert Tulloch. The brutal crime rocked the state and inspired impassioned responses from Vermont artists and commentators, ranging from Middlebury writer RON POWERS’ Atlantic Monthly article “The Apocalypse of Adolescence” to Burlington playwright MAURA CAMPBELL’s drama Dreamtime. The book Judgment Ridge, by journalists Dick Lehr and Mitchell Zuckoff, still provokes debate, with some Amazon.com reviewers saying it helped them understand the young killers and others calling for their execution. “These are kids who at a critical point JAY CRAVEN
in their lives were taking only one class in high school, who were left to their own devices,” says Craven. He believes “mental health issues” were involved in the actions of the two students, who weren’t previously known as troublemakers. But “nobody had picked up on anything prior to this incident, partly because nobody was engaging these kids.” Craven, who teaches at Marlboro College, has plenty of experience dealing with young people. Tulloch participated in one of his playwriting workshops before the murders, he says. Now he hopes to turn the making of the new film into an extended “teachable moment” by getting local college students directly involved in its production. Craven doesn’t plan to start shooting Judgment Ridge before January 2012. Right now, he’s focused on reaching out to schools with his proposal for a “domestic exchange” in which their students would join him for four weeks of background study (with a curriculum of books, films and speakers relevant to the
case), four weeks of film preproduction and six weeks of production. The filmmaker did something similar, but on a smaller scale, with 10 Marlboro students during the 2005 production of Disappearances. For his TV sitcom “Windy Acres,” Craven used an almost entirely student crew, he says. On Judgment Ridge, he hopes to have six to eight professionals leading his team and as many as 30 students, who will try their hands at script supervision, editing and camera operation. It’s an unusual opportunity, because most undergraduates who join a film crew are relegated to minor roles such as production assistant, Craven points out. As he hammers out the details of the exchange, which he says Marlboro College officials have shown interest in hosting, Craven is raising funds to make the independent film. If all goes well, participating schools will contribute to the production budget, which can’t exceed $200,000 in cash and $300,000 in deferrals, he says — per a Screen Actors Guild rule for films that employ
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just how a book became a book. Roots, Shoots and Wings by Bette Moffett. A “rural memoir” of growing up in the Midwest by the Brandon author, who was born in 1924, told in a series of lyrical vignettes. (Shires Press, 110 pages.) What the Abenaki Say About Dogs
... and Other Poems and Stories of Lake Champlain by Dan Close. To find out, you may need to read this slim collection of lore indigenous to the Lake Between, collected by an Underhill writer. (The Tamarac Press, 53 pages. $10.) Why Islam Is Greater Than Your Religion in Philosophy: A Work in American Pragmatism by Nick Ruderman. With this provocative title, the former Burlington Anti-War Coalition member introduces his argument in favor of using the tradition of philosophical pragmatism to counter American politicians’ calls to war. (Ruderman Publishers, 349 pages. $20.) Yabanci: An American Teacher in Turkey, 1976-1978 by Dave Donohue. Using diary entries, the South Burlington writer recreates his experiences teaching at a Turkish boys’ school. (Ra Press, 88 pages.) m
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“There’s a huge risk in making a picture like this, that it could be polarizing,” Craven acknowledges. “Part of the idea is to try to put a human face on the story — certainly not in any way to condone any of the action.” And he feels the film’s message doesn’t have to be negative. “At a time when school budgets are being slashed and mentorship programs are being cut back,” Craven says, it’s crucial to show the importance of “close engagement” with young people — particularly boys, whose needs are sometimes downplayed. The students involved in making the film will be older than its subjects, of course. But Craven hopes they’ll become a “small community of collaborators who generally are closer to the realities of what was going on.” In preparation for handling the dark material, he plans to show them films such as Gus Van Sant’s Elephant, about a Columbine-like school attack. The themes will resonate, he believes: “I expect to be learning a lot from the young people.” m
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our columnist hates these statistical questions, although not because I have a problem with statistics. On the contrary, I regard numbers with a love that’s holy and pure, although I do get a little sweaty thinking about closely fitting my data to a curve. My beef is with statisticians. These people happily fill pages with tables, Greek letters and terms such as “slowly decaying autocorrelation,” which sounds like something out of Dawn of the Dead. Then the next guy comes along and says Mr. Autocorrelation used the wrong data set, the schmuck. So you’ll forgive me if I don’t offer a definitive answer but instead merely describe the current confused situation. Let’s take it step by step. 1. The natural sex ratio is about 1:1. Duh, you say. Come, now — every schoolboy knows you could maintain the species with a handful of males to service the available females, and most would be happy to try. In the real world, however, the forces of natural selection militate in favor of roughly equal numbers of girl and boy babies. This is called Fisher’s principle, after Ronald Fisher, the
English biologist and statistician who explained it all in 1930. 2. The observed sex ratio at birth isn’t, in fact, 1:1 but more like 105 males to 100 females. Good thing. What with car wrecks, powertool accidents and other masculine mishaps, the ratio declines to 1:1 during adulthood. 3. Even the 105:100 ratio is a pretty loose approximation. The actual number can vary from 103 to 107, sometimes more widely, from region to region and year to year. One alleged variation, getting back to your question, is that more boy babies are born after a war. The simplest explanation for this comes from the 18th-century German demographer and theologian Johann Süssmilch, who proposed that God was compensating for soldiers who got killed. 4. Among the more recent proponents of the war-equalsadditional-boys effect are Jan Graffelman and Rolf Hoekstra. In a 2000 study they analyzed birth data for the U.S. and selected European countries from
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the mid-1800s onward, focusing on the first and second world wars. Verdict: There was an uptick in wartime and postwar male births in eight of 10 belligerent countries, but it was small — just 0.15 percent. This works out, for example, to 950 extra boys in the Netherlands in 1942 and 1800 extra boys in France in 1943. Considering the tens of millions slaughtered over the period under study, you have to ask: Who gives a fluke about a few births? sLug signorino
Dear cecil, A colleague recently told me that after wars, the male-female ratio at birth increases. I looked around and found several articles mentioning the phenomenon but none explaining it. Any truth to this? Edgard
5. At this moment of ennui, we happened on a 2009 paper by geneticist William James, who was more our kind of guy. He pointed out that sex ratios trend slowly but significantly up and down over extended periods of time for reasons nobody really understands. So, if you look mainly at the long sweep of history, shortterm fluctuations get lost in the weeds. Better to compare wartime and postwar periods with the immediately adjacent years. The best way to do that wasn’t complicated technical analysis à la Graffelman and Hoekstra; rather, you just needed to eyeball the graphs.
the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s, where in Iran it went way down — in fact more girls were born than boys. 7. An ordinary person might think this is a fatal flaw in my hypothesis. Not James. He reasoned that when the sex ratio jumps either way, that’s something we need to explain. Dismissing poor nutrition, birth order, maternal age and other dull factors, James propounded an explanation with more entertainment value: coital rate. Briefly put, if couples have frequent sex when the male is home on leave, or during the giddy celebration at war’s end, the result — for reasons having to do with the timing of conception during the menstrual cycle — is
more baby boys. Meanwhile, he blamed the low male birth ratio in Iran on maternal stress, which apparently leads to more miscarriages of boys. A supporting data point: The male birth rate in New York City dropped in the wake of 9/11. Interesting, but the impartial observer is obliged to say that if wartime birth ratios sometimes go up, sometimes go down, but mostly stay the same, the obvious explanation is that this so-called phenomenon doesn’t really exist. But how much fun is that? Cecil sympathizes with James’ approach: When faced with uncooperative data, get out there and dance.
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6. With that in mind, James proceeded to review numerous conflicts. You’re wondering about the effects of the Russo-Swedish war of 1789-90? Birth-ratio-wise, it didn’t do squat. Likewise for the Napoleonic wars, the FrancoPrussian war, etc. In fact, just about the only conflicts clearly marked by fluctuations were (a) the first and second world wars, where the male birth ratio went way up in some countries, and (b)
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Persia never caught on among historians — or Persians. According to Quinn Mecham, an assistant professor of political science at Middlebury College and a former statedepartment expert on Middle Eastern affairs, “Iranistan is not a term that is used in any discussions of Middle Eastern politics or history of which I am aware.” So much for Iranistan’s overseas connection. Perhaps it has more domestic origins. Turns out Iranistan was the name of the first town established in Cass County, Iowa, which was later relocated two and a half miles west to the present site of Lewis, Iowa. Lewis (pop. 438) is the boyhood home of Edwin Perkins, inventor of Kool-Aid.
However, there’s no discernible link between Burlington and the sugary beverage. A more plausible connection can be made to American entertainer and businessman Phineas Taylor Barnum, aka P.T. Barnum. In 1848, Barnum, who earned fame for creating enormous public spectacles, built a mansion in Bridgeport, Conn., that he named Iranistan. Barnum’s “Oriental villa,” which combined elements of Turkish, Moorish and Byzantine architecture, was destroyed in a fire in 1857. The Burlington connection: Barnum’s second cousin, George P. Barnum, was a well-known (for his time, anyway) veterinary surgeon and liveryman whose parents came from Vermont. According to the 1889 historical tome Valley of the Upper Maumee River, George Barnum made his way to Burlington at the tender age of 13, where he secured a position in a local veterinary hospital. Barnum later moved to London but returned to the Queen City to marry Burlington native Eliza Curtis in 1852. The marriage was short lived, as Eliza died in 1856. The following year, Barnum married Mary White of Jones County, Iowa — which, incidentally, is on the opposite side of Iowa from the Kool-Aid king’s hometown. Since there’s no evidence that George Barnum was a major Burlington landowner or named any of its streets, this connection seems sketchy at best. So much for the greatest showman on Earth and his veterinarian cousin. Perhaps Iranistan had a fictional significance to early Burlingtonians. The word appears in the work of early-20th-century pulpfiction novelist Robert E. Howard, best known for creating Conan the Barbarian. His tales were later adapted into comic books, films and the online computer game “Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures.” Howard, often regarded as the father of the sword-and-sorcery genre, invented a fictional kingdom he called Iranistan, which also appears in the online computer game. According to the Age of Conan Wiki, Iranistan is “located south of the Vilayet Sea and west of Vendya” and is “renown
[sic] for the quality of its fruits and wines … [and] also produces medicines, textiles and precious stones.” However, the absence of references to cheese, ice cream or maple syrup makes a link to Burlington dubious. The most promising lead yet on Iranistan’s origin comes from Sylvia Bugbee, a research librarian in the University of Vermont’s Special Collections. While sleuthing with her fellow librarians, Bugbee discovered that the house at 1 Iranistan Road once belonged to U.S. Sen. Warren Austin (1877–1962), a Republican who represented Vermont from 1931 to 1946. In August 1946, Austin relinquished his Senate seat to become the first U.S. representative to the United Nations Security Council, where he served until his retirement in 1953. Austin died on Christmas Day in 1962 and is buried in Burlington’s Lakeview Cemetery. Bugbee theorizes that the Iranistan name may have been Austin’s invention, given his interest in Middle Eastern affairs. British Pathé, an international film archive, has footage of Austin showing off a collection of submachine guns at the UN. That same film includes a clip of Nasrollah Entezam from Iran, fifth president of the UN General Assembly, banging his gavel. In the 1940s and ’50s, Entezam led Iran’s UN delegation, and the two men reportedly knew each other. That’s not all. Austin’s name shows up on the website of the weekly newspaper Kashmir Life as the first American official with whom Sheik Mohammed Abdullah (1905-1982) — a Kashmiri nationalist known by his people as “the Lion of Kashmir” — discussed the possibility of creating an independent Kashmiri state. Do homeowners on Iranistan Road owe their address to a 19th-century veterinarian, a pulp-fiction writer from Texas, America’s first UN ambassador or none of those? The trail goes cold here, leaving the name a mystery. m
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ast of Shelburne Road, above the rotary in Burlington’s Hill Section, lies a short street whose name has befuddled many local residents for years: Iranistan Road. Most Queen City streets are named after indigenous flora (Pine, Maple, Spruce), landmarks (Battery, College, Church), dead white guys (Champlain, Chittenden, Ethan Allen) or, allegedly, developers’ daughters (Caroline, Catherine, Charlotte, Margaret and Marion). But the Iranistan moniker seems plucked from thin air. WTF? The search for the story behind the road that connects Chittenden Drive with Ledge Road led us to, among other historical figures, P.T. Barnum, the “Lion of Kashmir,” and the inventors of Kool-Aid and Conan the Barbarian. The word “Iranistan” is a mystery. At first glance, it’d be easy to assume recent origins. During the last decade, as U.S. forces have waged simultaneous wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, “Iranistan” has occasionally been used collectively to describe the conflicts and their aftermath. For example, an October 10, 2004, story in the New York Times suggested that the overthrows of the Taliban in Afghanistan and Saddam Hussein in Iraq gave Iran an opportunity to “create a kind of Iranistan” in southern Iraq. But Burlington’s Iranistan predates both wars by many decades. Originally an unnamed lane on private land, the street first appeared on city maps as Overlake Terrace in 1937, according to the Department of Planning and Zoning. By 1944 the name had been changed to Iranistan Road, for reasons unknown to P&Z staff. As mid-20th-century Burlington lacked a notable population of Middle Easterners, it’s unlikely the street was named to acknowledge an immigrant neighborhood. Perhaps it was picked for its exotic allure. An illustrated world atlas published in 1859 by G.W. Colton and Richard Swainson Fisher includes the chapter heading “Iranistan or Persia,” in which the terms are used interchangeably. But Colton and Fisher’s sobriquet for
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t our house the holiday season begins with the latke bash. The table is laid as commanded in the Torah: Thou shalt surfeit thine appetite with potatoes and oil and fall down beneath the serving board in the drinking of wine. We serve a few leaves of lettuce, too, to cut the fat and guilt. Food, fat and guilt are not just personal matters anymore. They are the subjects of hot politics as policy makers take aim at American obesity. At one end of the debate is the literal carrot. The Child Nutrition Act, reauthorized by the president this month, includes increased reimbursements to schools so they can serve more fresh fruits and veggies. In recent years, the USDA also has made it easier to use food-subsidy vouchers at farmers markets. At the other end are the sticks: restrictions and taxes on junk food, many of which would reduce people’s weight by extracting coins from their pockets. So far, most of these negative incentives have failed to materialize. Campaigns to tax soda in Mississippi, New Mexico, Washington, Philadelphia and D.C. faltered, as did a congressional proposal to use such a levy to finance health care reform. Minnesota tried to limit junk-food purchases with food stamps and was rejected by the USDA. And the soda tax just lost a strong proponent in Save the Children, which seems to have dropped out in return for a $5 million grant from PepsiCo. Oddly, that funding will help finance the organization’s work against childhood obesity. But the idea keeps rising from the dead. In October, New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg asked for a waiver from the feds to prohibit the use of food stamps to buy sugared beverages in his city. The next month, Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell floated a soda tax, which both Gov.-elect Shumlin and House Speaker Shap Smith have rejected. Aside from food-industry arguments — that any tax on anything will destroy the U.S. economy, and sugar water is as wholesome as mother’s milk — there’s a solid, pragmatic case against sin taxes. Whether levied on food or cigarettes, they are bad fiscal policy. The reason: They serve two masters, health and revenue. And, as Luke said, you cannot serve both God and money.
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A junk-food tax punishes people for having the wrong tastes. In practice, it punishes them for being poor. If the tax succeeds in diminishing the targeted behavior, you lose the tax revenue. If you’re collecting a steady stream of revenue, you’re obviously failing to change behavior. For example, many states have used tobacco taxes to fund health care, education and other public services. But smoking bans and aggressive public-education campaigns — and maybe taxes — have persuaded thousands to put down their cigarettes. When smokers get well, the state budget gets emphysema — which weakens the public will to help more people quit smoking. Public policy is rarely just rational, however. It is emotional and ideological. A tax on “bad” foods is also a tax on badness. Such a tax is intended not only to slow the consumption of Big Macs and Pepsi, and thus reduce heart disease or diabetes. It’s more than a friendly public palate educator, encouraging consumers
to forgo the orange pop and try the delicious unsweetened orange juice. The tax is more than a means of reimbursing society for unhealthy eaters’ medical bills. A junk-food tax punishes people for having the wrong tastes. In practice, it punishes them for being poor. Sure, poor people eat shitty food. Good food costs more. When food activist Joel Berg tried to live on food stamps in 2007, he could afford an apple a day, but not an organic one. In 2010, he couldn’t afford an apple. Good food is hard to come by. I defy you to find kale at a supermarket in a low-income neighborhood. But the middle class eats junk, too; it’s just fancier junk. In the last week I have ingested enough butter and sugar to supply Liechtenstein’s national bakers’ guild for half a year. I’ve downed French limonade from a glass bottle with a wired toggle cork, quarts of eggnog,
malbec and martinis. Should there be a tax on gourmet butter cookies? Was Sorrell intending to place a surcharge on the Reed’s Original Ginger Brew I buy at the food co-op, or on Izze, a “fortified sparkling juice” that comes in slender cans and chic flavors such as blackberry and grapefruit? These “healthy” sodas deliver approximately the same calories as Coke and, according to nutritionist and food activist Marion Nestle, as little honest nutrition. Izze also costs twice as much as Coke. Most health activists support junkfood taxes alongside food-industry regulations to wrench America from its lethal diet. But many other antipoverty and antihunger advocates oppose the levies because, like all sales taxes, they are regressive, taking a bigger bite out of a low-income budget than a wealthier person’s. Opponents also argue that food is a pleasure, and the poor deserve pleasure as much as anyone else. If you can’t afford caviar, at least you can enjoy chips. Taxation is for raising money, a necessary government function. Taxes should not be deployed to punish or reward. Anyhow, research shows that taxes don’t change people’s behavior much. So, keep the junk off the market. Pour on the industry regulation. End the corn subsidies that siphon high-fructose corn syrup into virtually every U.S.-made processed food and thence into the bloodstreams of American eaters. Support organic farms. Require schools to serve lentils and whole-grain bread, broccoli and watermelon. But keep personal sanctions off the plate, because anti-sin measures — censorship, prohibition, junk-food taxes — are little more than moral symbols, and those symbols serve their creators. Targeting the sins of others allows the public to project its own gluttony or lust onto the images of obese welfare mothers and boozers, among others — and symbolically expiate its own guilt. I put down my fork, wipe the grease from my face and extend this caution: Let she who is without sin levy the first sin tax. m
“Poli Psy” is a twice monthly column by Judith Levine. Got a comment on this story? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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t a recent writers conference, mystery author Wendy Clinch introduced her husband, Jon Clinch, to Charlaine Harris, best-selling author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels. He was also a writer, Wendy said, but of literary fiction. “Oh, you poor dear!” exclaimed Harris, creator of the “True Blood” characters. Jon Clinch remembers an equally memorable reaction at a conference five years earlier. When he told an agent his work was literary Jon Clinch rather than genre bound, she asked simply, “Why?” There was a world of difference between those two interactions, though. In the interim, Clinch learned how to sell his fiction. He went home from the 2005 conference and started writing his novel Finn, a dark retelling of events in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn from Huck’s Pap’s point of view. Unlike Clinch’s previous (unpublished) manuscripts, this one had a strong hook, and he landed an agent before it was half complete. The proceeds from Finn, published in 2007, enabled the Clinches to close their advertising agency in the Philadelphia suburbs and move to their second home in Plymouth, Vt. Now they reside full time near
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Philip was in a hotel playing The Shining. You know, it’s night and you’re alone in a long corridor. You stare back and look for dead twins. Usually, the game lasts five seconds — the time it takes to swipe your hotel room key in the slot. Not that night. He swiped and … nothing.
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And he was alone. No sign of life at all on floor 7. He put down his bags with his girls’ Christmas presents to try to swipe perfectly. He’d been traveling forever. But if his planes were on time and the TSA didn’t want a little somethin’ somethin’, he’d be home soon. He realized it was the key, not his swiping. He needed to get a new one. He’d played Shining long enough and scared himself. Redrum. Sheesh. When he turned toward the elevator, however, he saw he wasn’t alone and his heart skipped a beat. The first sconce went dark. Two women were there, their faces masks of worry. “You left the stuffed koalas you bought,” said one. He recognized them from Toys “R” Us. He smiled, relieved. Not girls. Not dead. Seasonal sales help. But when he blinked, they shrank and shriveled and the walls grew red. “Hello, Phil,” they said, twins, noting his bags. “We see you have toys.” The last sconce went dark. “Let’s play with them ... forever.”
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Rivendell Books, Montpelier Pet gerbils once inhabited the children’s section at Rivendell Books in downtown Montpelier. But the trouble with rodents is, they’re always dying, and that’s tough on the kids. So, when store co-owners Robert Kasow and his wife, Claire Benedict, heard about a Russian tortoise in Barre needing a home, they knew they’d found their match. Those critters live forever. Veruca Salt, named after the rich brat from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, now occupies a 3-foot-long wooden pen
store in the Boston area. The stress of working with contractors was high, though, and Kasow started itching for a lifestyle change. He wanted to sell people something that made them happy. “That was really important to me after getting my head bashed in for 15 years in the paint business,” he says. What a change he found. Rivendell has creaking floors and shelves that sag under the weight of 20,000 titles. People mill about silently, losing themselves in the stacks. Then they emerge to chat with whoever is working the desk that day. “Our specialty is that we don’t specialize,” says Kasow. He considers the store a reflection of the community — diverse, but with extra-large sections for fiction, spirituality, art, cooking and children’s books. In 2006, the couple bought Bear Pond Books, which sells new books across the street. The stores are symbiotic, Kasow says. When customers can’t find what they’re looking for in one place, it’s easy to send them to try the other. When it comes to selling books in Montpelier, Kasow says he and Benedict are in it “for the duration.” As for Veruca, who’s now about 12, he should be going strong for at least another 60 years. “He’s in the will,” Kasow says. “He’s a family heirloom.” — M. J.
amid colorful shelves of children’s books. Local kids are obsessed with him and visit him regularly after school. Yes, him — Veruca was named through an informal poll of Rivendell regulars before his gender was determined. Back in 2004, when Kasow and Benedict bought the used-book store, they dreamed of this kind of thing — not the tortoise, exactly, but the prospect of creating a cool environment in which their own children could grow up. Kasow likes books, but that didn’t drive his decision to buy a bookstore. Before Rivendell, he owned a paint-and-wallpaper
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s the printed page on its way out? According to Gartner Inc., an information technology research company, sales of e-readers could top 11 million in 2011 — a 68 percent increase over this year. Tell that to local readers who love to browse. Even as new bestsellers go digital, the books of our collective past stick with us. And as long as elderly Vermonters continue to empty the contents of their attics into used bookstores, bibliophiles will have new realms to explore. While Vermont boasts its share of strong independent book retailers, the state is also a mother lode for those in search of secondhand volumes. The Vermont Antiquarian Booksellers Association currently lists 58 members, quite a few of whom still do business from brick-and-mortar shops. Like restaurants, these stores have distinct personalities, and sometimes their own microbestsellers. Want a shop that specializes in poetry and mysteries, with owners who are passionate about both and regularly bring authors from out of state? Try Kingdom Books in Waterford. Want to know which new books sell best in Caledonia County? Talk to the owner of the Galaxy Bookshop. We sampled the fare at five of the state’s small booksellers (four of them offering primarily used stock). One owner contributed his own “menu” of notable books. But this is just a taste, of course. To find out about stores in your area — or plan a statewide tour — visit VABA at vermontisbookcountry.com or at its annual fairs. (Last year there were two, in Burlington and Brattleboro.) The New England Independent Booksellers Association (newenglandbooks.org) lists new booksellers. Happy hunting!
A bookstore isn’t the first thing you’d expect to find at the far end of Northfield’s central Depot Square, between a hardware store and the American Legion. Nor would you expect to find a New York City transplant inside, presiding over a carefully curated selection that ranges from the newest Stieg Larsson to tiny hymnals published in 1827. When customers discover he sells mainly used books, says owner Gerard Holmes, 45, “some people will be puzzled and walk out.” When teens who love Twilight or Harry Potter come in, he does his best to “guide them through” the store to writers reminiscent of their favorites. Holmes limits his selection of new titles, he says, “because people go up to Walmart.” The bookstore has been around since 2003, but Holmes has owned it for only the past two years. When he first encountered Northfield Books, he was working at Manhattan nonprofits and visiting friends in Vermont who knew the then-owners.
last minute shopping? The store struck him as a “wonderful place to come every day.” In this small college town, Holmes says his clientele is diverse: “There are the people who want to walk out with 10 romance novels, and the ones who want to dig through the obscure stuff.” He tries to satisfy both factions. Some of the “obscure stuff” comes from the library of nearby Norwich University, which gives Holmes first dibs on its deaccessioned books. (In keeping with the school’s affiliations, he maintains EvA sollbERgER
reply, barely looking up from the spines they were scanning. “That kind of misbehavior doesn’t happen anymore,” Koenig says — and he misses it. He suspects many of those people, the diehard collectors, have moved their searches to the Internet. At 68, Koenig has sold books and other paper ephemera for 36 years. His shop, now in a huge white house on Mill Street, boasts 50,000 books, all of which he owns. Koenig is a collector himself. He’s been collecting books on bells — plus the bells themselves, bell-themed postcards and even receipts for 19th-century village bell ringers — since the ’60s. Why bells? A musician himself, Koenig16t-KimForney112410.indd 1 spent many years teaching children to make music. A book — Satis Coleman’s Creative Music for Children — convinced him bells were perfect tools for kids. He started buying them for his students, then Custom jewelry for himself, then researching their history and use. Before he knew it, he had started by Alloy a collection. “It sounds rational for me to explain to you why bells,” Koenig says, “but it isn’t rational.” Koenig says he’s often felt torn between braving the world’s new technologies and embracing his shop’s dinosaur status. He sells books online, but laments
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She opened in 1988 in a 150-square-foot space inside a downtown antique store. One of her first ads in the local newspaper boasted, “Over 100 books available.” These days, Galaxy Bookshop is 10 times that size and housed in a 100-yearold bank building in downtown Hardwick. The marble floor is marked by deep divots, worn down in the spots where people once stood at the tellers’ stations. Children’s books and toys are neatly displayed in the former vault, its hulking door adorned with drawings. The checkout counter sits at the old bank drive-through, which Ramsdell actually uses. “We call it the storyteller’s drive-up window,” she says. She’ll often drop a book order in the drawer, which slides open to the outside, so customers can swing by after business hours to pick it up. On hot summer days, friends of the shop have been known to pull up and deposit a treat for whoever’s working that day: an icecream sandwich or a cold beer. Ramsdell says she’s thought about restoring the drive-up’s microphone so that, when she spots customers walking down the street — in a town like Hardwick, that’s a strong possibility — she can flip on the speaker and notify them their book is in. Then again, she says, maybe the summons would be a little creepy? Galaxy sells mostly new books, with
a noticeable focus on nitty-gritty how-to guides on topics such as house building and woodcutting. Ramsdell also has a small antiquarian section she’s hoping to expand, which includes some cool pop-up circus books. Local authors have a huge presence. Galaxy’s bestseller this season is Vermont Wild: Adventures of Vermont Fish & Game Wardens, in which journalist Megan Price tells stories from former warden Eric Nuse. The books aren’t always piled as neatly as Ramsdell would like, the fault of two resident cats, Scout and Jem — yes, names borrowed from To Kill a Mockingbird — who leap across display tables between naps. But the curled-up kitties make for a warm atmosphere that customers love. After 22 years in the business, Ramsdell has discovered she gets to play both the roles she once imagined for herself — piecing together clues and offering counsel to match people up with just the right book. — M. J.
The Eloquent Page, St. Albans At the Eloquent Page, you can find whole shelves of books labeled Futuristic Romance and Time Travel Romance. You can find vintage Scholastic paperbacks, bound volumes of UVM’s Vermont Cynic from the World War I years, doll-collecting guides, series books about Jedi knights, matching sets of Victor Hugo novels and a 1963 UVM yearbook. You can find a cookbook called Thoughts for Buffets by “a group of Chicago hostesses” (1958) not far from The Book of Tofu (1979). Books — about 35,000 of them — are piled to the ceiling of this unassuming space in a strip mall in downtown St. Albans. It’s a good place for pulp hunters, in part because owner Donna Howard sells most paperbacks for 60 percent of their cover price regardless of vintage. So a funky-covered Clifford D. Simak sciencefiction novel from 1950 is 24 cents, versus about $3 on Amazon.com. Howard opened the Eloquent Page in 1992 with a friend — who dropped out quickly, Howard says, when she realized the business involved a lot more than reading. Now her co-owner is her mom, Marilyn. The Howards sell a few books on the Internet, but their clientele consists mostly of walk-ins — locals and tourists who “make the circuit of used bookstores,” says Howard. About 1 percent of books she stocks are new, including a perennial local favorite called Mocking Justice, a 1989 account of “Vermont’s biggest drug scandal” by journalist Hamilton E. Davis. As we chat, Howard pauses several times to greet walk-ins who want to know what she’ll pay for their old books. “Once you have a storefront, you have people bringing them in by the truckload,” she says.
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stars and falling snow. My skin tingled with the rush of blood to the capillaries. The burble of a nearby stream calmed my mind. I was more relaxed than I’d been in days. Then, back in the sauna for another session. The thermometer topped 190 degrees. A few friends and I poured water over the rocks on the woodstove, filling the room with an invigorating steam. We talked about skiing, community, the impact of higher fuel prices … and before long, most of us were outside again, lying in the stream and rolling in the snow. Later, as we wrapped up our third round of heat and steam, I finished off another liter of water while watching snow swirl outside a small window. The thermometer read 205 degrees. Having held off on eating since lunchtime — taking a sauna with a full stomach isn’t a good idea — I started to think about the hot soup awaiting us in the house. I ducked through the door and wandered down to the stream, where I opted this time to dump buckets of water over my body. A few days later, I had a talk with Nils Shenholm of Duxbury, owner of Solhem Sauna. The master builder has had a hand in the design and construction of more than 200 saunas. “The sauna has a very unique way of making you warm again,” says Shenholm, whose family emigrated from Sweden to the Midwest in the mid-1900s. “It’s much
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ACT 250 NOTICE MINOR APPLICATION 10 V.S.A. §§ 6001-6092 On December 9, 2010, Mack Farm, Inc., filed application #4C0837-9A for a Project generally described as: use an area for deposition of plowed snow. The Project is located on Route 7 in the Town of Shelburne, Vermont. The District 4 Environmental Commission will review this application under Act 250 Rule 51 - Minor Applications. Copies of the application and proposed permit are available for review at the Shelburne Municipal Office, Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission located at 110 West Canal Street, Winooski, and the office listed below. The application and proposed permit may also be viewed on the Natural Resources Board’s web site (www. nrb.state.vt.us/lup) by clicking on “Act 250 Database,” selecting “Entire Database,” and entering the case number above. No hearing will be held unless, on or before January 7, 2011, a party notifies the District Commission of an issue or issues requiring the presentation of evidence at a hearing or the commission sets the matter for hearing on its own motion. Any hearing request shall be in writing to the address below, shall state the criteria or subcriteria at issue, why a hearing is required and what additional evidence will be presented at the hearing. Any hearing request by an adjoining property owner or other interested person must include a petition for party status. Prior to submitting a request for a hearing, please contact the district coordinator at the telephone number listed below for more information. Prior to convening a hearing, the District Commission must determine that substantive issues requiring a hearing have been raised. Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law will not be prepared
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Parties entitled to participate are the Municipality, the Municipal Planning Commission, the Regional Planning Commission, adjoining property owners and other persons to the extent they have a particularized interest that may be affected by the proposed project under the 10 criteria. Non-party participants may also be allowed under 10 V.S.A. § 6085(c) (5). Dated in Essex Junction, Vermont, this 17th day of December, 2010. By /s/ Peter E. Keibel Peter E. Keibel Natural Resources Board District #4 Coordinator 111 West Street Essex Junction, VT 05452 T/ 802-879-5658 E/ peter.keibel@state. vt.us CITY OF BURLINGTON TRAFFIC REGULATIONS The following traffic regulations are hereby enacted by the Public Works Commission as amendments to Appendix C, Motor Vehicles, and the City of Burlington’s Code of Ordinances: Sec. 7A. Handicap spaces designated. No person shall park any vehicle at any time in the following locations, except automobiles displaying special handicapped license plates issued pursuant to 18 V.S.A. 1325, or any amendment or renumbering thereof: (1) through (149) As Written (150) [Reserved.] On the west side of South Willard Street in the first space north of Bradley Street. (151) As Written Adopted this 15th day of December 2010 by the Board of Public Works Commissioners: Attest Norman Baldwin, P.E. Assistant DirectorTechnical Services Adopted 12/15/2010;
Town of Underhill Development Review Board (DRB) Site Visit & Hearings Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 9:00 AM (site visit) Monday, January 17, 2010 at 6:30 PM (hearings) Hearings to be Held at the Underhill Town Hall, Underhill Center, VT The Development Review Board will conduct a public site visit as part of the 5-lot Planned Residential Development application of Brent Goplen for property he owns at 20 Lower English Settlement Road (LE020) in Underhill, VT. This property is located in the Water Conservation zoning district. The site visit will begin at 9:00 AM at 20 Lower English Settlement Road. The hearing will begin immediately following the hearing scheduled for 6:30 PM on Monday, January 17, 2011.
in Contois Auditorium, Burlington City Hall, 149 Church Street in Burlington, VT. Pursuant to the requirements of 24 V.S.A. § 4444(b): (1) The purpose of the proposed amendments is to revise the City’s zoning regulations as follows: a) ZA-11-03 Wetland Conservation Zone: Remove reference to Class 1 and 2 wetlands and refer to the updated Natural Resource Protection Overlay District map. (Modify Section 4.5.4 (b)2A); b) ZA-11-04 Mental Health Crisis Center: Correct the zoning district reference for a mental health crisis center from ResidentialMedium Density (RM) to the Neighborhood Mixed-Use District (NMU). (Modify Section 5.4.11); and, c) ZA-11-05 Tree List Requirement: Remove reference to a tree list. (Modify Section 3.1.2 (a)9). (2) The proposed amendments affect the following sections of the Comprehensive Development Ordinance: See references in #1 above.
A copy of this application and additional information may be obtained at the Underhill Town Hall. The site visit and hearing are open to the public. Pursuant to 24 V.S.A. §§ 4464(a) (1) (C) and 4471(a), participation in these local proceedings is a prerequisite to the right to take any subsequent appeal. If you cannot attend the hearing but would still like to exercise your right to be heard, comments may be made in writing prior to the hearing and mailed to: Zoning Administrator, P.O. Box 32 Underhill Center, VT 05490 or to email@example.com.
The full text of the Burlington Comprehensive Development Ordinance and the proposed amendments are available for review at the Department of Planning and Zoning, City Hall, 149 Church Street, Burlington Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or on the City’s website at http:// www.ci.burlington. vt.us/planning/zoning/ zn_amendment_index. php.
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The City of Burlington Department of Parks and Recreation is soliciting proposals from interested vendors for a five year service contract to provide soft drinks exclusively at the following venues: 1. Concession and vending machines at Leddy Park Arena 2. Concession and vending machines at North Beach and North Beach Campground 3. Concession and vending machines at Memorial Auditorium 4. Concession at the Burlington Community
Pursuant to 24 V.S.A. § 4442 and §4444, notice is hereby given of a public hearing by the Burlington City Council to hear comments on the following proposed amendments to the City of Burlington’s Comprehensive Development Ordinance (CDO). The public hearing will take place on January 10, 2011 beginning at 7:00pm
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS SOFT DRINK SERVICES Issued December 22, 2011
Boathouse 5. Vending machines at the Burlington Skate Park 6. Concessions at Kid’s Day, Independence Day Celebration and Burlington Winter Festival 7. Vending machines at the municipal offices at 645 Pine Street in Burlington. 8. Vending machines for water/juice only at the Robert Miller Community and Recreation Center in North Burlington. 9. Any new buildings and vendor locations as requested by the department such as the Information Center on the Waterfront, City Hall and Moran as it is redeveloped. BACKGROUND INFORMATION Facility Descriptions 1. Leddy Park Arena is a public skating facility located in Burlington’s North End, inside of Leddy Park. The park is bounded on the south by a residential neighborhood, on the east by North Avenue and the Ethan Allen Shopping Center and on the north by a residential neighborhood. In addition to the skating facility, Leddy Park also offers a sandy public beach with restrooms. The bikepath is adjacent to the park and skating facility. Vehicular access to Leddy Park is via Leddy Park entrance road, which adjoins North Avenue. Approximate total vehicle parking capacity in the lot adjacent to the skating facility is 300. Leddy Park Arena is open year round although ice is available for approximately 11 months of the year. At peak season the facility operates 18 hours per day. Currently there are 3 vending machines at this facility and only 20 ounce bottled product is vended at the snack bar. The facility vends a total of 1200-1500 cases of product per year. The vending machines are serviced by the vendor. 2. North Beach has a sandy public beach with lifeguards and a snack bar concession. The bathhouse also contains restrooms and showers. North Beach Campground operates from May 1 – October 11th annually. It has 68 tent sites, 69 full hook-up sites. North Beach is accessible via Institute Road which adjoins North Avenue. Approximate total vehicle parking capacity in the area west of the
underpass is 600 – this area includes gravel surfaced and grass overflow. Additional vehicle overflow parking for approximately 150 vehicles is available on a grassed area east of the underpass. This facility has three vending machines and vends 20 ounce bottled product at the snack bar. There are 350 cases vended per year at this facility and the vending machines are serviced by the department. 3. Memorial Auditorium is located on Main Street at the intersection of South Union Street. Memorial Auditorium is a municipal auditorium built in the 1930s with a seating capacity of 2500 people, a full size basketball court, and hosts approximately 25 events annually. Additionally, there are spaces available to hold dance classes, meetings, practice sessions for musical performers. The facility is also home to 242 Main, a teen center with a musical focus, Burlington City Arts Print Studio, Burlington City Arts Clay Studio, and the offices of Burlington Telecom. The facility is host to many basketball leagues, concerts, Golden Gloves Tournament, Sesame Street Shows, and many other smaller productions. The facility is open year round and is managed by the Department of Parks and Recreation. The concessions in this facility are operated by a private concessionaire. Currently, there are no vending machines in Memorial Auditorium. Two new basketball scoreboards – one for each side of the basketball court -are to be included in the bid for this facility. 4. The Burlington Community Boathouse is located at the Foot of College Street in Burlington and operates on a year round basis. It is bound on the north by Waterfront Park, on the south by Lake Champlain and ECHO Center for Lake Champlain, on the West by Lake Champlain, and on the East by College Street. A small lighted grassy area separates the parking area from the facility. Facility amenities include 100 dock slips, a cafe, a 100 seat function room, public restrooms and showers, and two large deck areas. The café and function room are managed by a private concessionaire who also provides
alcohol vending. The café is open May through October, while the function room is open year round for rental. The function room is a desired location for special events such as meetings, wedding receptions and rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, etc. 5. The Burlington Skate Park is located on the Burlington Waterfront and is a recreational facility for in-line skate, bicycle, and skateboard users. The facility is bounded on the south by Lake Street and Waterfront Park, on the west by the Burlington Bike Path, on the east by New England Central Railroad, and on the North by the City of Burlington’s Interim Development Area. It was constructed in 2000. It has a small pavilion, a half pipe, an in-line hockey rink and several elements constructed for this specific application. This facility will be redeveloped in a location adjacent to this location in the future. 6. Special Events - Kid’s Day, the Independence Day Celebration, and the other special events are produced by the Department of Parks and Recreation. Two of the events: Kid’s Day and the Independence Day Celebration occur in Waterfront Park. Winter Festival occurs on the Church Street Marketplace. The Department contracts concessionaires at these events to provide food and drink for event goers. These concessions, through contract, are required to sell soft drinks in accordance with the Department’s agreement for soft drink services. These events attract anywhere from 1000 to 40,000 visitors. Total number of cases vended for these events is not available. All advertising for these events will offer logo opportunity in department program guides and listings on our website for the the successful bidder. 7. The municipal offices at 645 Pine Street in Burlington are the main offices for the City of Burlington Department of Public Works, the City of Burlington Department of Parks and Recreation, and the City of Burlington Department of Code Enforcement. There are approximately 100 employees working in this facility. The
sevendaysvt.com/classifieds may vary from venue to venue depending upon the Department’s relationship with the food concessionaire, if such a relationship exists. Currently, these types of relationships exist at North Beach and the Burlington Community Boathouse. All vending machines shall vend water and 100% juice options. The Department reserves the option to negotiate for inclusion of other product lines not included in the proposer’s products list.
8. The Robert Miller Community & Recreation Center is located at 130 Gosse Court in the New North End of Burlington. It has been open to the public for approximately 2 years with over 40,000 attending the facility annually. There is a gymnasium with a high school size basketball court along with two side courts. The gym can also be set up for two regulation size volleyball courts or two regulation size badminton courts. There is a community room that can accommodate 132 people with a warming kitchen and a ceiling mounted projector with cable, DVD, power-point option, and 9’ x 6’ retractable wall screen. The center has two multi-purpose rooms, a conference room, and children space. There is also a small fitness room with cardio equipment and a fitness machine circuit. The plan for this facility is for water and juice vending opportunities only.
The City will require successful proposals to honor existing relationships with vendors and with large special events hosted in our parks. . (e.g.: Beansie’s at Battery Park) The City will require that sponsors of the special event be permitted to vend their sponsoring product line. These will be identified at the commencement of any relationship with the City.
9. The redevelopment of the Moran Plant in the future will offer another multi-use facility to be considered. 10. Other locations in the City as identified by mutual agreement.
Should the City need to revise any part of this Request for Proposal – Soft Drink; those revisions will be circulated in a timely manner to all parties who received this document. COMPENSATION The City is seeking compensation related to each location as outlined above. The City is seeking as complete detail as the proposal can provide, both in terms of minimum compensation related to each venue, as well as to the total, comprehensive compensation based upon exclusive vending rights.
Any desired temporary or permanent improvement(s) made to the food concessions and/or facilities by the proposer shall meet Department and/or City requirements, and shall be at proposer’s expense. All permanent improvement(s) will become the property of the Department. Proposals for service(s) rendered shall meet all City, State and Federal regulations, licensing and insurance requirements, and be of a type expected and accepted by visitors to the facility. Proposers are hereby notified that the City of Burlington, by resolution of its City Council, prohibits the use of Styrofoam by any City departments or any concessions leased by the City. The City will require the use of recyclable cups and bins for collection of recyclables and compostables.
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and Burlington City Council. The decision of the City Council is final. PUBLIC RECORDS POLICY Due regard will be given for the protection of proprietary information contained in all proposals received; however, vendors should be aware that all materials associated with the procurement are subject to the terms of the Vermont Access to Public Records Act (1.V.S.A. Ch. 5, Subchapter 3) and all rules, regulations and interpretations resulting therefrom, including those from the Board, the office of the Attorney General of the State of Vermont, and the office of the Vermont Secretary of State, and any other applicable rules, regulations or judicial decisions regarding access to the records of government. It will not be sufficient for vendors to merely state generally that the proposal is proprietary in nature and not therefore subject to the release to third parties. Those particular pages or sections which a vendor believes to be proprietary and of a trade secret nature must be specifically identified as such and must be separated from other sections or pages of their proposal. Convincing explanation and rationale sufficient to justify each exemption from release consistent with Section 316 of Title 1 of the Vermont
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EVALUATION Proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria: Compensation to the City, creativity, prior history and pricing, advertising demands, and completeness of proposal. Proposals that provide for additional compensation and/ or services, such as advertising on the ice arena Zamboni and/or other equipment that could serve to improve service delivery of programs or to make improvements within the Parks and Recreation facilities, for example, will receive more favorable consideration. The City reserves the right to reject any or all proposals, or to award contracts in whole or in part, if this is held to be in the City’s best interest. All proposals will be evaluated by a committee of appropriate City staff. This committee will submit a recommendation to the City of Burlington Parks and Recreation Commission. The Commission will subsequently review the proposals and make a recommendation to the City’s Board of Finance
BENEFITS TO VENDOR The City understands the magnitude of this type of relationship and will make available opportunities for banner placement; ad placement in brochures; print media placement, radio media and television media spots as available; two dasher board ads at the Leddy Ice Arena, scoreboard logo placement at Memorial Auditorium and other advertising opportunities that are negotiable and subject to Department relationships and contractual agreements. The exact terms and nature of
The City assumes no responsibility or liability to proposers for costs incurred for interviews or for additional data, prior to issuance of a contract.
View and post up to 6 photos per ad online.
PROPOSAL INFORMATION Proposals shall be broken down by each of the aforementioned venues. Additionally, proposals may include an option for containing all nine venues in the agreement. The City intends to award a contract to one or more vendors for a five year period. The Department of Parks and Recreation is requesting fixed pricing for all products for the entire 5 year term. Please list products and price points. Proposals shall include all necessary equipment to dispense product to Department’s, vendors and concessionaires satisfaction. This
Proposal should include wholesale price point that will be offered to concessionaires who will be selling soda in connection with an existing contract.
these opportunities will be negotiated. Proposals shall include requirements of this nature.
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facility also has a public meeting room with a capacity of 50 people. Currently there are three soft drink vending machines in the facility. These machines are intended to provide soft drinks to employees and are priced not to return any revenues to the city. (NOTE: **Currently Farrell vending takes care of these machines including the candy and hot beverages. Pepsi and Coca Cola products are made available to staff.)
proposal. The rationale and explanation must be stated in terms of the prospective harm to the competitive position of the vendor that would result if the materials were to be release and the reasons why the materials are legally exempt from release pursuant to the above cited statute. Between a vendor and the State, the final administrative authority to release of exempt any or all material so identified rests with the State. All such materials should be submitted in a separate sealed envelope and marked “CONFIDENTIAL”. All proposals must be delivered by January 14, 2011 to the Department of Parks and Recreation, 645 Pine Street, Suite B, Burlington, VT 05401. Proposals must be sealed and clearly marked “Request for Proposals – Soft Drink Proposal.” Seven copies of each proposal shall be submitted. Questions concerning the Soft Drink proposals should be directed to Mari Steinbach, Director, Burlington Department of Parks and Recreation, (802)864-0123, Monday – Friday, between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM. Or emailed to msteinbach@ ci.burlington.vt.us
STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT Chittenden Unit CIVIL DIVISION Docket No. S1495-09 Cnc Aurora Loan Services, LLC, Plaintiff v. Lee R. Cowin and Occupants residing at 58 Railroad Street, Milton, Vermont, Defendants NOTICE OF SALE By virtue and in execution of the Power of Sale contained in a certain mortgage given by Aurora Loan Services, LLC to Lee R. Cowin dated November 13, 2006 and recorded in Volume 338, Page 649 of the Land Records of the Town of Milton, of which mortgage the undersigned is the present holder, for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purposes of foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at 9:00 A.M. on January 6, 2011, at 58 Railroad Street, Milton, Vermont all and singular the premises described in said mortgage: To Wit: Being all and the same lands and premises conveyed to Lee R.
Cowin by Warranty Deed of 58 Railroad, LLC dated December 12, 2005 and recorded December 14, 2005 in Volume 325 at Page 357 of the Town of Milton Land Records. Terms of Sale: $10,000.00 to be paid in cash or cashier’s check by purchaser at the time of sale, with the balance due at closing. The sale is subject to taxes due and owing to the Town of Milton. The mortgagor is entitled to redeem the premises at any time prior to the sale by paying the full amount due under the mortgage, including the costs and expenses of the sale. Other terms to be announced at the sale or inquire at Lobe & Fortin, 30 Kimball Ave., Ste. 306, South Burlington, VT 05403, 802 660-9000. DATED at South Burlington, Vermont this 2nd day of December, 2010. Aurora Loan Services, LLC By: Joshua B. Lobe, Esq. Lobe & Fortin, PLC 30 Kimball Ave., Ste. 306 South Burlington, VT 05403 STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT Chittenden Unit CIVIL DIVISION Docket No. S1432-09 CnC Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, as Indenture Trustee, on behalf of the holders of the Accredited Mortgage Loan Trust 2006-2 Asset Backed Notes, Plaintiff, v James R. Wooster and Pamela J. Wooster, and Any Other Occupants of 140 Curtis Avenue, Unit B, Burlington, Vermont, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE By virtue and in execution of the Power of Sale contained in a certain Mortgage Deed dated June 26, 2006 from James R. Wooster and Pamela J. Wooster to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (MERS), as Nominee for Accredited Home Lenders, Inc. Said Mortgage Deed was recorded on July 3, 2006 in Volume 965, Pages 244-265 of the City of Burlington Land Records. The subject Promissory Note and Mortgage were assigned from Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (MERS), as Nominee for Accredited Home Lenders, Inc., to Deutsche Bank National
Trust Company, as Indenture Trustee, on behalf of the holders of the Accredited Mortgage Loan Trust 2006-2 Asset Backed Notes, by an Assignment dated April 14, 2009 and recorded on April 22, 2009 in Volume 1064, Page 576 of the City of Burlington Land Records. The undersigned represents the present holder for breach of the conditions of said Mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing the same which will be sold at Public Auction at 1:00 o’clock PM, on the 14th day of January, A.D. 2011, at the subject premises of 140 Curtis Avenue, Unit B, Burlington, Vermont, all and singular the premises described in said mortgage will be sold as a whole. To wit: “Being all and the same lands and premises conveyed to James Wooster and Pamela Wooster by Warranty Deed of Michelle Little and Timothy Little dated May 4, 2005 of record at Book 914, Page 575 of the City of Burlington Land Records. “Being Unit B of Curtis Gardens, located at 140 Curtis Avenue, Burlington, Vermont, as designated in the Declaration of Curtis Gardens dated November 21, 1991 and recorded in Volume 440, Page 635 of the City of Burlington Land Records. “Being Unit B as depicted on a Site Plan of record on Hanger 244A of the Burlington Land Records, and as depicted as Unit A on a Floor Plan of Record on Hanger 243F of said Land Records. “Also herein is an undivided fifty (50%) percent interest in the Common Areas and Facilities as described in said Curtis Gardens and the aforementioned Declaration of Curtis Gardens.” Terms of Sale: Purchaser at the sale shall pay cash or certified funds, or produce a commitment letter from a bank or mortgage company or other lender licensed to do business in the State of Vermont at the time of the sale for the amount of the winning bid. In any case the winning bidder shall be required to produce $10,000.00 (ten-thousand dollars) cash or certified funds at the close of auction as the deposit against the sale. The sale will be subject to the Confirmation Order of the Vermont Superior Court, Chittenden Civil Division. The property
will be sold subject to all unpaid property taxes and town/city assessments, if any. In the event the auction terms are confirmed by the Superior Court aforesaid, and the winning bidder is unwilling or unable consummate the sale, the deposit shall be forfeit. In the event the sale is not confirmed the deposit will be returned without interest. The Mortgagor is entitled to redeem the premises at any time prior to the sale by paying the full amount due under the mortgage, including the costs and expenses of the sale. Other terms to be announced at the sale or inquire at Grant C. Rees, Attorney, PO Box 108, Milton, Vermont 05468, 802-893-7400. By: Grant C. Rees, Esq. Attorney for Plaintiff Publication Dates: December 15, 2010 December 22, 2010 December 29, 2010
support groups DON’T SEE A SUPPORT group here that meets your needs? Call Vermont 2-1-1, a program of United Way of Vermont. Within Vermont, dial 2-1-1 or 866-652-4636 (toll free) or from outside of Vermont, 802-652-4636, 24/7. THE COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS Burlington Chapter TCF which meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at 277 Blair Park Road, Williston - for more information call Dee Ressler, 802 660-8797. Rutland Chapter TCF which meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Grace Congregational Church, West St., Rutland, VT - for more information call Susan Mackey, 802 446-2278. Hospice Volunteer Services (HVS) also serves bereaved parents with monthly peer support groups, with short-term educational consultations and referrals to local grief and loss counselors. HVS is located in the Marble Works district in Middlebury. Please call 802-388-4111 for more information about how to connect with appropriate support services.
LGBTQ GRIEF AND LOSS GROUP Every Monday, 12pm, RU12? Community Center, Champlain Mill, 20 Winooski Falls Way, Winooski. A once-a-week group is forming at RU12? for those interested in giving voice to their experience(s) with loss and listening to other’s. Topics could include but are not limited to: grieving, letting go, resolution, moving on, self-image, rituals, and learnings. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. TRANS GUY’S GROUP Every fourth Monday, RU12? Community Center, 20 Winooski Falls Way, Champlain Mill 1st Floor, Winooski, 6-7:30 p.m. This is a social and support group specifically for trans men. This informal, peer-facilitated group welcomes maleidentified people at any stage of transition. As this is currently a closed group, please contact the center to sign up: email@example.com or 860-RU12. SOCIAL SUPPORT GROUP FOR LGBTQ PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES Come together to talk, connect, and find support around a number of issues including: Coming Out, Socializing. Challenges around employment. Safe Sex. Self Advocacy. Choosing Partners. Discovering who you are. And anything else you want to talk about! The first meeting will be on Tuesday, October 26 at 4 p.m. at the RU12? Community Center at the Champlain Mill in Winooski. For more information contact Sheila (Sheila@ ru12.org) or David (Dave6262002@yahoo. com) GLAM CORE GROUP MEETING Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m., RU12? Community Center, Champlain Mill, 20 Winooski Falls Way, Winooski. We’re looking for young gay and bi guys who are interested in putting together great events, meeting new people, and reaching out to other guys! Core Group runs our program, and we want your input! If you’re a young gay or bisexual man who would like to get involved, email us at glam@ru12. org or check us out on Facebook (http://www. facebook.com/glamvt). TRANS SUPPORT GROUP Every first and third Wednesday, RU12? Community Center, 20 Winooski Falls Way, Champlain Mill 1st Floor,
Winooski, 6:30-8 p.m. This peer-led, informal group is open to all trans people and to any discussion topics raised. It is a respectful and confidential space for socializing, support, and discussion. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. LGBTQ SURVIVORS OF VIOLENCE SafeSpace offers peer-led support groups for survivors of relationship violence, dating violence, emotional violence or hate violence. These groups give survivors a safe and supportive environment to tell their stories, share information, and offer and receive support. Please call Ann or Brenda at 863-0003 if you are interested in joining one of these groups or for more information. MALE GBTQ SURVIVORS OF VIOLENCE SafeSpace is offering a peer-led support group for male- identified survivors of relationship violence, dating violence, emotional violence or hate violence. This group will meet in Winooski at the RU12? Community Center and will be facilitated by Damian. Support groups give survivors a safe and supportive environment to tell their stories, share information, and offer and receive support. 802-863-0003. NAMI CONNECTION (National Alliance on Mental Illness) NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group for individuals living with mental illnesses. Call Tammy at 1-800-6396480 or email us at connections@namivt. orgBENNINGTON: Every Tuesday, 1-2:30 p.m., United Couseling Service, 316 Dewey St., CTR Center (Community Rehabilitation and Treatment). BURLINGTON: Every Thursday, 4-5:30 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, 2 Cherry Street. ESSEX JUNCTION: 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, 2-3:30 p.m., Congregational Church, 39 Main Street. HARTFORD: 2nd and 4th Friday 4-5:30 p.m., Hartford Library. Call Barbara Austin, 802-4571512. MONTPELIER: 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 6-7:30 p.m., KelloggHubbard Library, East Montpelier Room (basement). NEWPORT: 2nd and 4th Tuesday, 6-7:30 p.m. Medical Arts Building (attached to North Country Hospital), 2nd floor conference room. RANDOLPH: Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday, 5-6:30 p.m., United Church, 18 N. Main Street. BATTLEBORO:
Call for details. EATING DISORDERS SUPPORT GROUP This is a therapist-facilitated, drop-in support group for women with eating disorders. Women over 18 only please. This group will be held every other Wednesday from 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Vermont Center for Yoga & Therapy, 364 Dorset St., Suite 204, So. Burlington. 802-658-9440. CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP This group offers support to those caring for loved ones with memory loss due to dementia. The group meets the second and fourth Thursday of the month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at The Converse Home, 272 Church St, Burlington. For more info call: 802-862-0401. MAN-TO-MAN CHAMPLAIN VALLEY PROSTATE CANCER Support group meets 6-8 p.m., 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Hope Lodge at the UVM/FAHC campus. 1-800-ACS-2345. VEGGIE SUPPORT GROUP Want To Feel Supported On Your Vegetarian/ Vegan Journey? Want more info. on Healthy Veggy Diets? Want to share and socialize at Veggy Potlucks, and more, in the greater Burlington Area? This is your opportunity to join with other like-minded folks. veggy4life@gmail. com, 802-658-4991. CODEPENDENTS ANONYMOUS Meets on Sundays from 12-1 p.m. at the Turning Point Center, 191 Bank St., Burlington. This is a fellowship of men and women that meet and review the 12 steps of CODA, read stories from the CODA anonymous big book and share their experiences, strengths and hopes as we support each other. Open to everyone. Info: Larry, WLTRS@aol. com, 802-658-9994 or Jeff, JCDANIS@ Burlingtontelecom. net, 802-863-3674. For directions, call the Turning Point Center at 802-861-3150. QUIT SMOKING GROUPS Are you ready to live a smoke-free lifestyle? Free 4-week Quit Smoking Groups are being offered through the VT Quit Network Fletcher Allen Quit in Person program in your community. Free Nicotine Replacement products are available for program participants. For more information or to register, call 847-6541 or wellness@
vtmednet.org. For ongoing statewide class schedules, contact the VT Quit Network at www. vtquitnetwork.org. BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP Learn how to cope with grief, with the intention of receiving and offering support to each other. The group is informal and includes personal sharing of our grief experiences. Open to anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one. There is no fee. Meets every other week Mondays, 6-8 p.m. at the Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice, Barre. 802-223-1878, www.cvhhh.org. DIGESTIVE SUPPORT GROUP Join this open support group, hosted by Carrie Shamel, and gain information regarding digestive disorders. If you suffer from any kind of digestive disorder or discomfort this is the place for you! Open to all. Meets the first Monday of every month at 6 p.m. in the Healthy Living Learning Center. For more information contact Carrie Shamel at carrie.shamel@gmail. com. www.llleus.org/ state/vermont/html. AL-ALNON IN ST. JOHNSBURY Tues. & Thurs., 7 p.m., Kingdom Recovery Center (Dr. Bob’s birthplace), 297 Summer St., St. Johnsbury. Sat., 10 a.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, Cherry St., St. Johnsbury. SEEKING ACTIVE RETIREES/50+ To form a social group. Snowshoeing, theater, biking, hiking, kayaking, etc. Please call 802-864-0604. Lv. msg. if no answer. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS (NA) Drug Problem? We Can Help. If you think you have a problem with drugs, including alcohol, give yourself a break. Narcotics Anonymous is a fellowship for individuals who have a desire to recover from the disease of addiction. NA offers a practical and proven way to live and enjoy life without the use of drugs. To find an NA Meeting near you in Vermont or Northern New York, please go to www.cvana. org/Meetinglist.pdf or call our 24-hour, toll free, confidential number, (866) 580-8718 or (802) 862-4516. For more information about NA, please go to http://www. na.org/?ID=ips-index and click on “>Is NA for Me?
WFFF,WVNY and the CW, the television stations that bring you American Idol, Dancing with the Stars,and Gossip Girl are looking for a part-time
Administrative Assistant to work at our front desk. This entry-level position includes sorting faxes and mail, receiving and sending overnight packages, data- entry work, some phone answering, and general office assistance as needed. Hours are M-F 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Come join the exciting, fast-paced world of television in a flexible, team-oriented environment.
Please send resume and cover letter to email@example.com. No phone calls, please. Smith Media of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Women Helping Battered Women is looking for a
Grants assistant to manage tracking mechanisms required for reports, and to complete grant reports as assigned. Previous experience with statistics, grants management, program evaluation, or instituting tracking mechanisms preferred. Part time (24 hours/week) with prorated benefits. For complete job description, visit www.whbw.org. Deadline is Jan 10. Send resume and cover letter to Jilliann@whbw.org. W H B W i s a n e q u al opportu n ity e mploye r.
The Milton Family Community Center Early Childhood Program is seeking a state licensed
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Child Nutrition Advocacy Manager Hunger Free Vermont, formerly the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger, seeks a full-time manager to lead the statewide effort to increase participation in federal meal programs for schoolaged children through a team approach to outreach, education, technical assistance and advocacy at the local, state and federal levels. In collaboration with state agencies, schools and community organizations, this position will lead the school meals advocacy and supervise the child nutrition advocacy team.
Position requires proven ability to supervise employees, lead teams, manage complex projects, and build positive relationships with internal and external partners. Bachelor’s degree, four years’ experience in a related field and a reliable vehicle for in-state travel required. Cover letter and resume accepted through January 15. 10:38:23 AM Interviews begin immediately. Position will be filled as soon as a well-qualified candidate is identified.
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ASP.Net/SQL Application Developer Inntopia is a leading provider of travel reservation technology to the destination travel market, with an emphasis on reservation systems for the snowsports industry. We are looking for motivated and talented ASP.Net/SQL developers to join our technology team located in Stowe, VT. If interested, send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com. Visit this page for more information: www.inntopia.com/corp/jobs.html
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12.22.10-12.29.10 Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL) is creating two new positions within our dynamic, notfor-profit organization. Join our efforts to shift the future of our local food system by expanding market opportunities for farmers and broadening access to local foods in the Rutland region of VT.
Gulliver's Doggie Daycare is now hiring a part-time
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OFFICE ASSISTANT Tetra Tech ARD (www.ardinc.com) has an immediate opening for a part-time Office Assistant at our corporate headquarters in Burlington. Mon - Fri, between 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Act as phone backup, distribute mail, dispatch mail and shipments, copy and scan documents, distribute faxes, archive incoming3v-RutlandFarm-122229.indd email, handle routine copier maintenance, order paper, assist staff in specialized copying tasks, receive incoming shipments, support office inventory of equipment/supplies.
ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS HS diploma or GED, 2+ years’ relevant experience. Highlevel proficiency in MS Office and in data entry and db management. Strong skills in office business machine operations and office management tasks (faxing, filing, copying), ability to comfortably manage multiline phone system. * U.S. citizenship or a valid U.S. work permit is mandatory* Apply online at https://careers.ardinc.com/ARDCareers/App/ USPostingDetail.aspx?PostingId=84.
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The Sara Holbrook Community Center seeks a Preschool Teacher/Administrator with early childhood or EC special ed. cer tification and minimum two years’ experience. Position requires planning and implementing developmentally appropriate curriculum with a team. 30 hours/week following public school calendar. Excellent benefits. Send resume, sample lesson plan and three letters of reference to Leisa Pollander, Executive Director, Sara Holbrook Community Center, 66 North Ave., Burlington, VT 05401, or LPollander@saraholbrookcc.org. Applications accepted until position is filled. EOE. No phone calls, please.
Customer Service General Help Retail Due to massive product demand, our company is looking for 30-40 individuals to start immediately. Starting pay $475-$600/week.
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Vermont Oxford Network is seeking an IT Director to be a member of our administrative team and oversee the priorities and personnel of both the System Administration and the Development teams. The team maintains a growing array of servers and applications built on Microsoft technologies (VB.NET) that serve our member hospitals. Each member submits data to us for quantitative analysis, which we process using sophisticated electronic data-processing tools.
Job Description The IT Director role is to: • Participate in strategic planning at the corporate level • Plan and manage implementations of new and existing applications and technical services • Review work of development teams • Establish development standards and apply them across project teams 1:00:44 PM • Work with Quality Assurance to ensure high-quality software and services • Oversee security of the network and facilities • Plan for growth of services and infrastructure • Manage relationships with service providers • Oversee IT-related purchasing and budget
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Job Qualifications Required Experience and Skills: • Prior experience managing network administration and development teams • Advanced knowledge of building complex database and software systems using Microsoft technologies • Programming experience and understanding of database design • Project-management experience Leadership • Ability to serve as a role model for team members in achieving goals and delivering quality • Ability to provide constructive feedback to developers and technicians • Ability to stay informed of industry trends and best practices Communication • Ability to excellent verbal and writing skills • Ability to tackle difficult personnel issues directly and tactfully • Ability to facilitate internal and external meetings effectively • Ability to resolves and/or escalates issues in a timely fashion We offer a great working environment, the opportunity to work with a professional IT team, and competitive salary and benefits. Please mail or email your resume and cover letter by Jan. 31, 2011.
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attention RECRUITERS: Dynapower Corporation in South Burlington, Vt., is a leading manufacturer of large custom power supplies and energy conversion systems. Our staff is dedicated to providing quality workmanship and the highest level of customer service. We offer an extensive benefits package and a pleasant working environment, as well as an opportunity for personal and professional growth. We are currently accepting resumes and applications for the following positions:
FINAL ASSEMBLER The qualified candidates will be responsible for the integration of all major subassemblies into a final product. Will locate and install subassemblies according to engineering documentation; ability to read and interpret engineering prints and electrical schematics a must. Electrical, mechanical or plumbing skills are a plus. TEST TECHNICIAN The qualified candidate will have a working knowledge of 1 and 3-phase line power, Rectifier Theory and power transformers, Thyristor and IGBT semiconductors, related test and measuring equipment and instrumentation. Ability to comprehend electrical and electronic schematics or experience with Medium Voltage, Industrial Relay Controls and Logic, and SCR Phase Control. A high school education is required with two-year electrical degree or equivalent experience. PROCESS ENGINEER The qualified candidate will develop and implement improved manufacturing process control with an emphasis on Lean Manufacturing techniques to optimize manufacturing efficiencies. Develop work instructions based on detailed design documentation. Improve yield, cycle time, rework and manufacturing flow. Provide technical support to the manufacturing floor. Support product design and evaluate proposed designs and processes for manufacturability. Lean Manufacturing preferred. All the above positions require a two-year technical degree or equivalent experience. Must be a motivated self-starter and able to work well in a quality team environment. PANEL WIRE ASSEMBLER Layout, assemble and wire control panels for power supplies, inverters and remotes. Perform control wiring using a variety of different wire gauges, connectors and labels. Candidate should be able to interpret electrical and mechanical prints with minimal supervision. Familiar with handling wire gauges 12-20 and installing relays, PLCs, contactors, circuit cards, fuses, time delay relays, control transformers and terminal blocks. Must be able to read and interpret engineering prints and parts list. Able to visualize final product and infer assembly detail from engineering documentation. Must be able to organize own work. Two years’ similar experience preferred. SWITCHMODE POWER SUPPLY ASSEMBLER Assembler is responsible for the integration of all subassemblies and components into a final product ready for testing. The assembler will locate and install subassemblies according to engineering documentation, then wire and plumb them. The assembler must ensure that all components are installed properly, per engineering drawings and instructions. Must be able to read and interpret engineering prints and parts list. Able to visualize final product and infer assembly detail from engineering documentation. Must be able to organize own work. Two years’ similar experience preferred.
ELECTRICAL ENGINEER The qualified candidate will have general knowledge of electrical concepts, components and systems; understanding of PLCs, DSPs, C & assembly language programming desirable. May use computerassisted engineering and design software and equipment to perform assignments. Applies principles and techniques of electrical engineering to accomplish goals. Has knowledge of commonly used concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field. Relies on instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform the functions of the job. Works under immediate supervision. Requires a bachelor’s degree in engineering and up to 8 years of experience in the field or in a related area.
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MECHANICAL ENGINEER The qualified candidate will be responsible for the mechanical and thermal designs and analysis of the Company’s power conversion products. Produce detailed manufacturing drawings containing overall assembly drawings supported by individual part drawings. Interpret electrical schematics to verify proper connections and power flow layout. Work closely with production to increase manufacturability and improve efficiency of existing product lines. The ability to perform well in a team environment while navigating through multiple parallel projects and corresponding due dates is required. Experience with plumbing/HVAC systems and sheet metal fabrication a plus. Experience with SolidWorks required; the candidate will be working with complex assemblies containing multiple configurations in a multiuser environment. PDM, FEA, AutoCad or other 3D design experience a plus. Requires a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. Buyer – Electronic Components Responsible for purchasing and negotiating materials, equipment and supplies from vendors. Evaluates vendor quotes and services to determine most desirable suppliers. Works closely with Engineering and Production to support technical product sourcing. Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals to perform a variety of tasks. Familiarity with electrical power conversion equipment, electrical equipment, and materials and components of said equipment a plus. Requires a bachelor’s degree and 2-5 years of experience in the field or in a related area. PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR Dynapower Corporation is seeking an experienced, highly motivated, detail-oriented, organized Production Supervisor with a high degree of personal initiative to join our production team. The qualified candidate will be responsible for but not limited to directing a portion of the manufacturing workforce to achieve the highest overall production efficiency and quality in the production facility. Lean Manufacturing, 5S and Quality program experience required. The position will promote teamwork and safety as primary objectives. The successful candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication and problem-solving skills, 5-10 years’ work experience in a manufacturing organization and 2+ years experience of successful leadership in a production environment. Effective group-facilitation skills and the ability to work in a team environment a must. Proficient in MS Office.
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VTel — Director of Marketing Optical Fiber and 4G Wireless Services Approximately $150,000 Vermont Telephone Company Inc. seeks a Director of Marketing to work full-time in Springfield, Vt. Responsibilities include: (1) Initiating and completing optical fiber network service sales to hospitals, universities, businesses, on a successful network in Vermont, New York, New Hampshire and Massachusetts that already serves some of the largest users in the Northeast; (2) Initiating and managing fiber and wireless cable TV, voice and Internet retail sales on a state-ofthe-art fiber-to-the-home and 4G statewide wireless network being expanded with $100 million in 2010 federal grants; (3) Managing an established growing Southern Vermont Yellow Pages book; (4) Initiating and managing wholesale and marketing materials, and door-to-door campaigns; (5) Managing and motivating 15 to 20 experienced Springfieldbased customer service representatives. Candidates must demonstrate a proven history of getting projects done with passion and excellence, overcoming challenges, and thriving in a fast-paced workplace. VTel will consider candidates with non-traditional backgrounds who have accomplished any projects of excellence. At a minimum a BA or BS is required. If you perform as expected, in addition to a base salary of $65,000, and a cafeteria menu of 401K, life insurance and health insurance benefits worth approximately $20,000, you should earn $60,000 to $100,000 in extra compensation within two years. VTel is an equal opportunity employer. Please send one-page resume to email@example.com.
Customer Service Representative Approximately $65,000 Vermont Telephone Company Inc. seeks several Customer Service Representatives to work full time in Springfield, Vt. We can teach you how to use our computers, data screens, and telephones, but you need to start with a strong desire to interact in a friendly way with customers, to deliver “best-in-Vermont” customer service. Base compensation is $41,000, plus a cafeteria menu of 401K, life insurance, and health insurance benefits worth approximately $20,000, plus bonuses of 5 to 10% based on performance. At a minimum a BA or BS is required. VTel is an equal opportunity employer. Please send one-page resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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OHAVI ZEDEK SYNAGOGUE
Cook/Server Prepare and serve lunch for hungry cross country skiers and snowshoers. This could be a fun part-time job for right person. Sat./Sun. 103, and holiday week hours. Kitchen clean up required. We offer great benefits for skiers. Send resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
is a small independent school serving unique children and youth. We are recruiting Student Supervisors to join our diverse staff.
S/he must be able to work effectively with clergy, staff, and other lay leaders to ensure the smooth operation of our programs and events. S/he will oversee implementation of the synagogue’s strategic plan, supervise a small staff, manage budget and spending oversight, and work with the lay leadership. S/he will guide longer-range financial and strategic planning.
A bachelors’ degree is required and an advanced degree is preferred. Experience managing a religious or nonprofit organization is preferred. Mid- or late-career professionals are encouraged to apply.
The position is full time. Salary will be based on experience and qualifications. The position offers a benefits package, including health insurance coverage, pension contribution and four weeks vacation. Please email your cover letter and résumé no later than December 31 to Sue Schein, Vice President, Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, at Shine47@comcast.net.
Student Supervisors: 12/18/10 11:10:55 AM
Responsible for all aspects of EE benefit administration and payroll services. Includes all external governmental reporting, availability to staff and Supervisors for questions and concerns, and compliance monitoring updates as needed. Also, responsible for corporate purchasing of office supplies and shipping raw materials, as well as financial reporting assistance as needed on a monthly basis. Two years’ related HR experience or education is required. Office purchasing/ assistance experience a plus.
Internet Systems Developer Responsible for maintaining our Multi-Tenant eCommerce platform through the entire stack. Systems admin of local and remote services. Required skills: Object Oriented programming and HTML/CSS/JS. Familiarity with -nix based operating systems and not afraid of the command line. Ability to work independently and effectively while managing and meeting deadlines and expectations. Preferred but not required: MVC frameworks, Ruby and/or Rails, PHP Please write for a full job description. Resolution 327 Holly Court, Ste. 20 Williston,VT 05495 email@example.com
The Director is responsible for most issues arising from membership, including efforts to engage, increase and retain membership.
It is expected that the Director will frequently be in attendance at programs and worship opportunities outside of the regular workweek. Applicants must be very knowledgeable about the Jewish calendar as it affects the workflow within a synagogue, and with synagogue culture in general. Applicants should have budget management experience; strong people and customer service skills; excellent written and oral English language skills; and a high degree of competence using technology, websites and social media in service of membership engagement. Skills needed include accounting expertise and development of financial statements. 11:16:53 AM
The New School of Montpelier
Resources/Finance 5v-Breadloaf-122210.indd Human 1 Administrator Assistant (Part-time)
Ohavi Zedek Synagogue (OZ), a Conservative congregation of 375 families located in beautiful Burlington, Vt., is seeking a Director with primary responsibility for membership, outreach, financial planning and review. We are looking for a Director who will enhance our synagogue community with creativity, enthusiasm and professionalism.
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Help students develop 5v-Ohavi-122229.indd 1 12/20/10 11:23:27 AM positive relationships, trust, and the academic, social and communication skills necessary to be successful in life; support students in class, employment and community activities; monitor students’ emotional states 27.5 hours/week, 10 months/year, nonexempt, VScSf, part time and implement behavioral strategies; and assist students within the VScSf Grade 7 salary range with academic work. Johnson State College invites applications for the position of part-time A bachelor’s degree or five Switchboard/Public Safety Assistant. Associate’s degree in business or years experience after high related field with one year of relevant experience, or a high school diploma school preferred. Candidates with two years of relevant experience. Experience working with computers must have a valid driver’s as well as working with a switchboard or multiline telephone system is license and reliable vehicle. desirable. Demonstrated ability to deal courteously and effectively with a variety of callers and visitors under a variety of circumstances. Excellent Criminal record checks math, spelling and grammar skills are essential. Good organizational, data will be conducted for final entry, and verbal communication skills a must. candidates. Submit a resume Send a completed job application (find at www.jsc.edu/employment), by Jan. 4, 2011 to: resume and cover letter to Susan.firstname.lastname@example.org OR mail to human
Switchboard/Public Safety aSSiStant
The New School of Montpelier 11 West Street Montpelier, VT 05602 or email to: email@example.com EOE
resources office, Johnson State college, 337 college hill, Johnson, Vt, 05656-9898. Final offer of employment is subject to a fingerprintsupported criminal background check. JSC strongly encourages applications from members of ethnic minority groups and other underrepresented backgrounds. JSC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a member of the Vermont State Colleges system. In compliance with ADA requirements, will make reasonable accommodations for the known disability of an otherwise qualified applicant.
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MAPLE LEAF FARM ASSOCIATES, INC., an inpatient substance abuse program, seeks a
Maintenance Assistant Responsibilities include small-appliance repair, light carpentry and plumbing, grounds maintenance, and general upkeep of six-building facility. Candidate will be expected to train for water supply operation, fire safety and maintenance. Requires driver’s license. Excellent benefit package included.
RN CASE MANAGER/MEDICAID WAIVER PROGRAM This position carries a patient caseload and is responsible for the delivery/coordination of long-term care services to individual patients who qualify for Medicaid Waiver services. Responsibilities include making assessments of patients’ physical, emotional and social level of function whereas waiver services are determined; referrals to other disciplines as indicated by patient need; coordinating care plans with program staff and Personal Care Attendants.
Mail, fax or email letters of interest and resumes, along with salary requirements, to Maple Leaf Farm Associates, Inc., 10 Maple Leaf Rd., Underhill, VT 05489. Phone: 802-899-2911 Fax: 802-899-3617 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSES 2 FULL-TIME POSITIONS
CVOEO Weatherization is recruiting
FULL-TIME PHYSICAL THERAPIST Qualifications include a current Vermont Physical Therapy license and a minimum of two years of experience preferably within a rehabilitation program. All qualified candidates should send resumes to email@example.com, or by mail to ACHHH, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753.
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Marketing and Sales Specialist
for New Farms for New Americans project (NFNA)
Qualified Heating Contractors
Subcontracting work is available to Certified Oil, LP & NG heating technicians serving our clients in Franklin, Grand Isle, Chittenden and Addison counties. Work ranges from teardown, clean and tunes, removal and installation of new heating equipment including furnaces, high-efficiency boilers, on-demand hot water and direct-vent hot water tank systems. Solar hot water and solar air heat installations will also be awarded to qualified contractors. All work over $1,500 will require competitive bidding. If you are interested please visit http://cvoeo.org/htm/ Weatherization/weatherization_home.html to download and fill out our recruitment form, or call 482-4180 ext. 314 to have one faxed or mailed to you. Send completed forms to Champlain Valley Weatherization, P.O. Box 441, Hinesburg VT 05461, ATTN: Subcontractor Recruitment. CVOEO is an equal opportunity employer.
NFNA is AALV’s agriculture project that helps refugees and immigrants 1 12/19/10 living in Vermont connect with gardening or agriculture resources and 4t-CVOEO-122229.indd Tri-City Reentry and Transition Coordinator marketing opportunities. The Winooski Community Justice Center is accepting The NFNA Marketing and Sales Specialist focuses on marketing, as well applications for the position of Tri-City Reentry and as direct sales support for NFNA participants. He or she works to establish Transition Coordinator (TRTC). This position will new wholesale marketing outlets, market for and coordinate a new social have lead responsibility for the screening of offenders enterprise CSA, and coordinate a new program of direct marketing within proposing to transition through the Tri-City Restorative the low income and immigrant community. He or she also works closely Reentry and Transition Program. with the NFNA Program Coordinator to implement program policies, provide direct assistance, technical assistance and education, and overall increase participant opportunity, knowledge and ability in the realm of marketing and sales. The position is full time, seasonal. Please inquire by email for full job description. Position is open until filled. QuAliFicAtioNs: • Two or more years marketing, agricultural, business development, program management or food service/vending experience. • Experience working with disadvantaged communities. • Ability to speak Burmese, Kirundi, Nepali, Maay Maay, Russian, Turkish, Somali, Swahili, or Vietnamese preferred. Please send a cover letter, resume and three references by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This program has been grant funded and has been recently launched. Burlington and Essex Offender Resource Navigators will work with the TRTC to assist clients in accessing a menu of transition services.
More than a Barista: Full-time counter person (includes weekend shifts)
In this position you will learn all about our breads, pastries and the variety of retail edibles that we sell… and you get to interact with the public while making 5:11:39 PM espresso drinks. We offer competitive pay and great benefits.
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Qualifications include prior experience in a medical-surgical environment and a current Vermont license.
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Sophie’s American Bistro, located in Colchester, is seeking an experienced server. Our ideal candidate greets all guests with enthusiasm and friendliness, answers guest questions about food, beverages and our restaurant accurately and in a friendly 10:11:14 AM manner, does side work during nonbusy hours, speaks to guests with enthusiasm at all times, and communicates well with coworkers to ensure the satisfaction of our patrons. Weekday lunch availablility is a must. Please forward resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The TRTC will make client referrals to a local NGO (NeighborKeepers), which will offer mentoring to returning offenders. The TRTC will assist the Winooski Community Justice Center in information exchange with the Winooski Police Department. For further information, please access the position description at winooskipolice.com
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Vermont Association of Conservation Districts
Cultural Resource Specialist Assistant
Hiring for All Positions, including directors
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LECTURER OF ENGLISH
Responsible to develop a strategy and differentiating approach to social media for Norwich Admissions. This individual will also maintain social community sites for prospective students and their families. Must have a solid grasp of all basic social media tools and how they affect the enrollment.
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Part-time position reporting to the Directors of Business Partnerships and Marketing/Research will help coordinate a variety of marketing, research and business partnership activities for the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies. Please visit our website, www.norwich.edu/jobs, for further information and details on applying.
Visit www.vacd.org for detailed job description. Send resume, cover letter and three references by January 3, to
VACD, c/o Jeff Farber, Technical Programs Manager, PO Box 889, Montpelier, VT 05601 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Spruce Mountain Inn is a small, nationally known residential treatment program in Plainfield, Vt. We are seeking a detailoriented person with excellent communication, problem-solving and clinical skills. Function as a 12/20/10 5:04:31 PM member of a multidisciplinary 6t-VTAssocConserve-122210.indd 1 team and provide intensive case-management services to a small caseload of young-adult clients within the context of a highly structured therapeutic community. Master’s degree and Platform Environmental Drilling and Remediation Services experience in case management (Platform) utilizes direct push technologies (DPT) and rotary drilling desired. License preferred. methods for the purpose of installing monitoring wells, advancement of soil borings and application of several direct sensing subsurface technologies. Send letter of interest and In addition, we provide implementation assistance for the construction of resume via email to environmental remediation systems. Grant Leibersberger, Our current staff has a diverse background in geological sciences, engineering Assistant Director and construction, which enables us to successfully complete complicated Spruce Mountain Inn drilling and remediation projects. We are currently looking for individuals to PO Box 153 help us grow our business. Plainfield, VT 05667-0153. For full details, visit our website at www.platform-env.com.
Norwich University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
CLINICAL CASE MANAGER
Department of Humanities is seeking a part-time lecturer for the spring 2011 semester, beginning January 17, to teach courses in the composition and literature sequence and the world literature sequence.
SOCIAL MEDIA ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST
Qualifications include: BA in archaeology, anthropology or history, working toward graduate degree preferred; field investigation experience; demonstrated experience working for archaeological consultants or projects; experience with GIS/mapping; competency 10:36:38 AM using Word, Excel, Access and MS Office Picture Manager; basic photography skills; and ability and willingness to travel throughout the state. Position located in Berlin. Salary based upon experience. Training, health insurance benefit and mileage reimbursement provided.
Contact Krista at 802-879-2021 or email@example.com.
Work with course developers and program directors in the design and development of online courses and the production of web-based interactive simulations, course materials and multimedia. Adapt new technologies and develop applications for online delivery.
VACD seeks a qualified candidate to fill an up to 80% FTE Cultural Resource Assistant position. The successful candidate will assist the Natural Resource Conservation Service Cultural Resource Specialist in reviewing and clearing conservation projects of cultural resources concerns in order to expedite implementation throughout the State. S/he will also assist with fieldwork including: assembling archaeological site survey forms; cataloging and photographing artifacts; logging new conservation projects submitted for review; and assisting or conducting field investigations and visits as needed.
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Environmental Well Driller’s Assistant
Please send your résumé by post, fax or email to: Michael Jordan, Platform Environmental Drilling and Remediation Services, 535 Stone Cutters Way, Montpelier, VT 05602. Fax: 802-229-5417. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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HowardCenter improves the well-being of children, adults, families and communities.
Developmental Services Shared Living Provider Dedicated dog lover is looking for a home in the Greater Burlington area. This 24-year-old woman enjoys music, baking and socializing, and is developing independent living skills so she can return to her own apartment. Ideal match is a single, near-peer-age female or couple without children. She is adept using the bus system and does best with minimal consistent supervisor/coaching. Exciting opportunity to earn generous tax-free annual stipend. Please contact Alyssa Lewis at (802)4886545.
with a clean driving record to drive nonCDL 26' straight trucks. Pay ranges between $110$125 per day. Must be able to pass drug and background check. Call 802-338-9048.
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emPLoyment CounSeLor Part-time position (19 hours) working in an evidence-based supported employment program assisting individuals recovering from mental illness with their employment and educational goals. Responsibilities include community-based assessment, skill and comfort level developing a widerange of jobs in the community and a desire to work on a multidisciplinary team. Two years human service work experience, valid Vermont driver’s license, registered vehicle and knowledge of community resources required. BA required. Knowledge of the Burlington business community preferred.Please call Marisa Hamilton for more info: (802) 488-6571. Visit www.howardcenter.org for more details and a complete list of employment opportunities.
HowardCenter is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities, people of color and persons with disabilities encouraged to apply. EOE/TTY. We offer competitive pay and a comprehensive benefits package to qualified employees.
Deputy Finance Officer Salary — $48,000 to high $50,000s The City of South Burlington seeks an energetic, team-oriented and experienced individual with the highest ethical standards and integrity to fill the position of 12:31:02 PM Deputy Finance Officer reporting to the Assistant City Manager.
Pepsi Bottling Ventures is hiring for the following positions:
Trainee Interested candidates should apply at www.pepsibottlingventures.com.
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FAMILY SERVICES COORDINATOR Burlington, Vt.
Senior management team position. Responsibilities include development, management and tracking of family partnership systems including family goal setting, and support and followup around community services and resources; partnerships with community and state agencies providing services relevant to Head Start or its program participants, including services for English language learners; child abuse and neglect prevention, identification and reporting systems; volunteer and internship systems; parent involvement in program and community functions and services; and parent education and family literacy initiatives. Participation in regional and state-based committee work required. Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in social work, human services or related field, and five to seven years of relevant work experience. 40 hrs/week, full year. Competitive salary, health plan and excellent benefits. Successful applicants must have excellent verbal and written communication skills; skills in documentation and recordkeeping; proficiency in MS Word, email and Internet; exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail. Must be energetic, positive, mature, professional, diplomatic, and motivated, and have a can-do, extra-mile attitude. A commitment to social justice and to working with families with limited financial resources is necessary. Clean driving record and access to reliable transportation required. Must demonstrate physical ability to carry out required tasks. People of color, and from diverse cultural groups, especially encouraged to apply. EOE. Please send resume and cover letter with three work references by email to email@example.com. No phone calls, please.
The Deputy Finance Officer is responsible for maintaining financial and accounting services in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and procedures, state statutes and legislative requirements, to support municipal operations, and the general ledger. Position maintains the integrity of the general ledger and keeps the general ledger up to date, including the electronic postings from connected accounting functions (modules) as well as preparing correcting/accrual journal entries related to revenue, expenditures and the balance sheet for all city funds. These modules include accounts payable, cash receipts, tax administrations and payroll. Posts all annual city budgets used for comparative analysis.
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Chittenden County Wireless
successful candidate will have a high school diploma plus associate’s degree in Accounting or equivalent level of successfully completed courses in accounting. At least two years’ working experience in accounting, preferably in a municipal setting, is required. Demonstrated ability to maintain complex accounting records so as to prepare reports. DOQ/E, EOE Please provide a cover letter, resume and three references. Deadline: December 30, 2010.
Mail to Human Resource Dept, 575 Dorset St., South Burlington, VT 05403, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Wireless Carrier is seeking a qualified and experienced sales manager to handle the local market of Chittenden 12/20/10 County (and potentially 5v-CitySouthBurl-Asst-122210.indd 1 beyond). We are seeking an individual with management experience who works well in a goal-driven environment. Our organization works with the consumer channel, as well as the business channel. The ideal candidate would be competent working on both fronts. Individuals seeking a challenging yet rewarding career path will be well suited for this position. Strong organization skills, a demonstrated ability to create and facilitate a true “team” culture and the ability to multitask are all qualities of our ideal candidate. In addition, a clear understanding of Microsoft Office products, an interest in the latest technology and the ability to adapt to a rapidly changing environment are critical to success. We are a company that prides itself on our commitment to our customers, and our employees are expected to share that commitment. Applicants please apply to wirelessresumeinbox @gmail.com
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Name Game 2010 What’s in a name? For some people, the perfect profession or proclivity B Y K E N P ICAR D
o we choose our professions, or do they choose us? For some people, the answer may depend upon the name they were given at birth. Who among us hasn’t come across the hobbyist, tradesman or professional whose name is a perfect match for his or her profession or avocation? For the fourth year in a row, I’ve compiled an annual list of these socalled “aptronyms,” with help from my fellow Seven Days wordsmiths and astute readers. I don’t search for these names, though other such lists abound on the Internet, but simply write them down when I or my colleagues chance upon them. What’s amazing, each year, is how commonplace aptronyms are — so much so that we often don’t notice them until we see them on this list. For example, anyone old enough to remember Ronald Reagan’s presidency may recall the name of one of his press secretaries: Larry Speakes. More recently, President George W. Bush’s secretary of education was named Margaret Spellings. Closer to home, the director of communications at the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing is named Erica Houskeeper. In fact, previous years’ lists have turned up an abundance of aptronyms in state government, including many who work for the Department of Fish & Wildlife, among them wildlife biologists Forrest Hammond and John Buck, and former chief game warden Robert Rooks. Earlier lists included place-name aptronyms, such as the $232.1 million winning Powerball ticket that was purchased in the town of Winner, S.D. They’ve also included anti-aptronyms, such as Dr. James Clapp, a Vermont OB/GYN. This year, I came across three almost-aptronyms, which I call “close but no cigar.” Enjoy!
Adrian Bloom: owner of Blooms Nurseries Katherine Bloom: New York City allergist
Lela Buttery: Vermont raw-milk advocate
Dan Eaton: “Cooking at Home” host for TV news channel NY1
Dianne Lamb: food and nutrition specialist with the University of Vermont Extension Gerard J. Petit (“Pet it”) Jr.: Bristol man caught by Williston police earlier this year masturbating inside a parked vehicle Melody Puller: Vermont pianist Sir George Mansfield SmithCumming: first director of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), who urged his agents to use semen as invisible ink
Kent Wells: British Petroleum (BP) vice president and spokesperson on the Deepwater Horizon oil-spill disaster
CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR: Dr. John Fortune: surgeon at Fletcher Allen Health Care (if only he performed superexpensive plastic surgeries) Dr. Neil Hyman: Burlington colon and rectal surgeon (wrong hole) Dr. Mark Plante: urologist (great aptronym if he treated canines instead of humans)
Mark Drinkwater: European Space Agency expert on polar glacier melt
Edward Johnson: chronic public masturbator from Barre
Brenda Snow: director of human resources, Turtle Fur winter apparel
Chris Bray: former Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor and horse-farm owner (technically, horses don’t “bray,” but donkeys do)
Michael Hunter: A Manchester, N.H., man who bought a weapon at a gun show, then accidentally shot himself in the leg
Max Boot: senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations who wrote a history of guerrilla warfare and terrorism
Margaret Fowle: director of Vermont’s Peregrine Falcon Recovery Project
Got your own aptronym? Contact Ken Picard at email@example.com.
Lisa Angstman: Williston psychologist
The Writer at the Table Local literati in their café habitats B Y ROBER T MCKAY
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from Argos Bppls. (Disclosure: Gottshall taught a workshop I attended at Middlebury.) For the most part, the pastry-loving poet says she’s “unable to write in cafés.”
any an undergrad who plunks her laptop on a café table likes to imagine she’s a famous writer hunched behind a Moleskine, nursing a drink all day and night. It’s an image we Americans get from reading expat writers Ernest Hemingway or F. Scott Fitzgerald, who immortalized the cafés of 1920s Montparnasse in Paris. But the phenomenon is global. Cafés nurtured Chilean writer Roberto Bolaño, whose novels Amulet and The Savage Detectives document the poetry scene of Café la Habana and its neighbors in 1970s Mexico City. Café culture shaped a literary scene in post-Soviet cities such as Prague and Budapest in the 1990s. The tradition of writing in public is alive and well in 21st-century Vermont, a state that has perhaps more than its fair share of scribblers per capita. Even some of its tiny towns have establishments that seem made for writing. A sign with the words “espresso” and “Wi-Fi” is the universal marker of such places, be they bookstores, galleries or coffee shops. To determine some of the best spots to write, research or just commune with one’s muse in public, Seven Days asked a few of those who know: the writers themselves. Whether you need to write poems, check email or just step out of the wintry clime for a few hours, consider dropping by one of these writer-endorsed watering holes. Poets, be forewarned: You may not get any writing done. Emailers, beware, as well: You might just find yourself seized by the café spirit — laptop and latte forgotten — scribbling a sonnet on your napkin.
The author of the poetry collection Street Rat (University of Detroit Mercy Press, 2000) has written his first novel, The Mutt, published in 2009 by Burlington’s Minimal Press. Nunyuns, Burlington The atmosphere here is relaxed and quiet. When the husband and wife who run the place are baking, the windows steam up. The music is good, never loud enough to intrude on the creative process. I occasionally run into other writers there, but the vibe is never “see LISTEN IN ON LOCAL FOODIES...
and be seen.” This is a neighborhood hangout for Old North Enders: good coffee and food; inexpensive, housemade bread. Most weeks I spend at least one day on my laptop here, working on poems and plays, and though these sessions can stretch for hours, I’m always made to feel welcome. When school lets out, a throng of kids comes in for sweets, adding to the café’s quaint charm.
The Middlebury-based author of Crocus (Fordham University Press, 2007) has a chapbook, Flood Letters, forthcoming
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Vergennes Laundry, Vergennes I envy writers I see working in the coffee shops of Addison County who speak of the freedom from distraction that cafés provide. Unfortunately, I’ve always found the proximity of pain au chocolat pretty distracting. But now there is Vergennes Laundry, the new wood-fired bakery, cheese shop and espresso bar on Main Street in Vergennes. Owner-chef Julianne Jones designed the space to honor its previous life as a laundromat, with creamy white and blond-wood surfaces and clean lines. I spent an afternoon there recently, shuffling pages of my manuscript and sampling gougère, hazelnut-fig biscotti and artistic espresso drinks (my latte was topped with a delicate foam heart). It was warm inside, despite the day’s rawness, and the place resembled my idea of heaven: The tables are big and sturdy, pain au chocolat is plentiful, and the coffee is hot and fresh and served in bowls. I may never be able to write there, but Vergennes Laundry offers something I find even more useful: inspiration in the form of an artistic sensibility and appreciation for small luxuries — precise, nourishing comforts that — like good poems — are never cloyingly sweet.
A Middlebury College professor of English and American literatures and a bestselling novelist, Cohen’s latest is Amateur Barbarians (Scribner, 2009).
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Already a regular at his new employer’s, Bilodeau says he hopes to emulate in his menus the care and research that goes into Three Penny’s beer selections. The emphasis will be on local ingredients, and Bilodeau anticipates offering “a lot of preserved items, including meats — especially charcuterie.” Three Penny lacks its own kitchen, but Bilodeau
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and homemade sausage. Diners are already sampling the aforementioned meat at the evening meal, where Maderia offers “Breakfast for Dinner” options. Other evening meal choices include chicken-fried rabbit, smoked lamb and perhaps Vermont’s only offering of Salvadoran pupusas. And, yes, with the help of a range of marinated tofus and tempehs, vegan diners can enjoy any of the above. Dinner service has given Maderia the opportunity to expand Kismet’s alcoholic offerings as well. She’ll showcase those with New Year’s Eve cocktail specials made from sustainably or locally made liquors with all-natural garnishes. A range of local, organic and biodynamic wines will be available for the New Year’s toast and every night thereafter.
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The University of Vermont Spanish professor and multimedia artist is the author of the poetry collection Código de Barras (Bar Codes). The Block Gallery, Winooski I am writing from nostalgia. Nostalgia for those days with more time for coffee and the newspaper on a wornout sofa, for some poem sketched with the aroma of a latte. I finally find time to revisit The Block Gallery. The window reveals the vague movement of the traffic dressed in a layer of snow. Inside, time remains intact, while a copper bag floats in water, circling shapes that remind me of Africa: rooibos, red tea. But it is not the curious oryx staring from the diamond side, the Namibian forbidden side, floating densely in red dunes within my cup that distracts me, but the beast that circles patrons and displays of local art: the owner’s dog, dressed as a horse with a turnout blanket. Or is it a horse disguised as a pointer? “It keeps her warm,” explains the owner … I pour milk in my tea and break the spell. Time invariably returns, while I go back to my newspaper.
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The Ireland-born artist in residence at St. Michael’s College has numerous collections of poems, most recently The Ship of Birth (LSU Press, 2007) and The New Citizen Army (Combat Paper Press, 2010). Delanty coedited the recent anthology The Word Exchange: AngloSaxon Poems in Translation (W.W. Norton, 2010) and was just named the
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of those sipping local beer or snacking on chef PhIllIP Clayton’s small plates. Those dishes will include all the same Vermont cheese plates, housemade charcuterie and other bar delicacies served upstairs, with the exception of burgers and dinners. “I’m working on a great little [communion] wafer,” Clayton jokes. While giving a tour of the stillunfinished space, Davis predicts that, once complete, the room, with its 9-foottall ceilings, will have a “dark, cozy, loungy feel.” He proudly points out the hidden alcove that will
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kind of ready to move on,” she adds with a sigh. Beliveau plans to return to her first career in civil engineering and says that Lia will probably go back to accounting. But what will happen to the space, which shares a building with the Flynndog art gallery? Beliveau says the building owners are eager to retain an eatery, as is she. “We’ve had people coming in Romantic Dining Casual Atmosphere and looking at everything we have, but we haven’t had any 27 Bridge St, Richmond offers yet,” she says. Tues-Sun • 434-3148 With a return to the 9-to-5 grind in sight, Beliveau is already nostalgic for her The Food Says it All... 1 12/13/10 routine at Outer Space. “I’m 12v-toscano121510.indd going to miss making soup every day,” she says. “That’s the most fun, creative part of my day.” m
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n 1982, Bill Schubart was fast approaching 500 pounds. He knew that if he were bedridden — or worse — by his heft, he Downtown Burlington couldn’t run his new media Lower Church St • 859-9998 manufacturing and distribution company, Resolution. So Essex Junction he slogged his way past the 137 Pearl Street • 872-9998 airport vendors selling pretzels and cinnamon buns and hopped a plane to an addiction treatment center in Florida. The place was “really R TO S I 1 I 12v-vietnamrestaurant111010-1.indd 11/4/10 11:02 AM H a dump,” as Schubart now describes it from the safety of his Hinesburg home. Nonetheless, by the time he left that dump, he was down to nearly 250 pounds, his weight when he entered Phillips Exeter Academy at age 13. ST A AU R Before long, Schubart was asked back to deliver an inspirational speech at the facility. “I looked at this sea of really huge people, some in wheelchairs, a couple on gurneys,” he says. “I was so overwhelmed emotionally, I never even looked at my notes.” A version of the ensuing address appears in Schubart’s just-published book, Fat People. “In Treatment,” one of this collection of 14 short stories, features a scene in which obese patients at a flea-ridden Florida treatment center are moved to tears by a speaker who echoes Schubart’s words to the crowd: “I just want to let you know a that you’re all OK. It’s not unique to you.” This is the message of Fat People. In Schubart’s stories, we meet a vividly realized cast of characters who all fight a battle with the scale. Some emerge www.lake-viewhouse.com relatively unscathed. Many don’t emerge at all. Vermonters may know Schubart as a Vermont Public Radio commentator, a presence on the boards of numerous Present your nonprofits, and a host and epicure. Last March, in a spread for this paper called First Night Button “Bitchin’ Kitchens,” Suzanne Podhaizer and recieve took readers on a tour of the impressive food-prep space Schubart shares with 20 % off your meal! his wife, Kate — which spans two indoor kitchens and a pair of outdoor fire pits. Call or come in today. Schubart loves food, and he doesn’t hide it. But in Fat People, which he self1710 Shelburne Road published through his company Magic Hill, he explores the dark side of that So. Burlington next to passion. the Holiday Inn Express• 865-3900 Rather than happy gourmets,
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Lower the lights and pop the corn! A cinema scene is cropping up in the heart of the Mad River Valley. Waitsfield’s Tuesday Night at the Movies draws area film buffs to the Big Picture Theater & Café every fourth Tuesday of the month. Organized by the local Rotary club, the big-screen bash runs a selection of classic, indie, sleeper and festival flicks. Sure, you could get most of them on Netflix, but “it’s become a great format for people coming together,” enthuses Big Picture co-owner Claudia Becker. She notes that close to 50 filmgoers showed up for September’s screening of Chinatown, and roughly 80 arrived the following month for The 39 Steps. December’s pick is the 2006 comedy Venus, starring Peter O’Toole as an aging actor who finds himself intrigued by a friend’s great-niece. Come early for dinner, and stay late for informal discussion.
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WILLISTON GREEN INITIATIVES: Locals devoted to forming a more ecologically sound community gather to make it happen. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:45 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.
On the Radio, Oh, Oh It’s elementary to crave a little downtime between Christmas and New Year’s, and Brandon Music’s broadcasts of 1950s radio plays fit the bill. An afternoon throwback to the heyday of radio features two episodes of Sherlock Holmes dramatizations, originally aired on BBC Radio in 1954. Recently acquired from England’s Heritage Media Ltd. — which owns a collection of 120 remastered vintage radio plays that will be rereleased over the next five years, according to Brandon Music owner Stephen Sutton — the dramas star John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson. They are considered by many to be “the best adaptations of the Holmes stories,” says Sutton. Tune in to Victorian detective mysteries OLD-TIME RADIO DRAMAS “The Solitary Cyclist” and “The Final Wednesday, December 29, 2 p.m. Problem” — and help yourself to a spot and 3 p.m., at Brandon Music. Free. of tea while you’re at it. Info, 465-4071.
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ITALIAN CONVERSATION GROUP: Parla Italiano? A native speaker leads a language practice for all ages and abilities. Room 101, St. Edmund's Hall, St. Michael's College, Colchester, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 899-3869.
‘HOWL’: James Franco plays poet Allen Ginsberg in Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s nonlinear film centered on the obscenity trial sparked by the titular poem. Cinema 1, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. $4-7. Info, 748-2600. ‘LOVELY, STILL’: A sweet love affair in a couple’s twilight years isn’t quite what it seems in this tender 2008 film by Nicholas Fackler. Cinema 2, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. $4-7. Info, 748-2600.
food & drink
CANDY-CANE-MAKING DEMO: Confectioners pull, roll and twist striped seasonal sweets. Laughing Moon Chocolates, Stowe, 11 a.m. Free to watch; $6 to make your own (preregister). Info, 253-9591. CHOCOLATE-DIPPING DEMO: Fans of cocoa-covered confectionery experience the tempering and dipping process. Laughing Moon Chocolates, Stowe, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 253-9591. COOKING CLASS: Foodies clock some time in the kitchen. Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 658-3585.
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YOGA CLASS: Gentle stretches improve core strength and flexibility. Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington, 8:30 a.m. $5 donation. Info, 658-3585.
ICE SKATING FOR HOMESCHOOLERS: Independent learners hit the ice. Ice Barn, Milton, noon-2 p.m. $3 includes skating and rentals; $10 for skating lessons. Info, 893-4237. MONTGOMERY STORY HOUR: Little lit lovers flip pages before snacking. Montgomery Town Library, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. MUSIC FOR PRESCHOOLERS: Youngsters ages 3 to 5 fine-tune their motor skills during instrument playtime. Colchester Meeting House, 12:30-1 p.m. Free. Info, 878-0313. PRESCHOOL PLAY: School may be out for the holidays, but the fun doesn’t stop. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. STORY TIME WITH MRS. CLAUS: Cookies and milk enhance Christmas tales told by Santa’s jolly wife. Meet at the Christmas tree. University Mall, South Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-1066, ext. 11.
‘AN EVENING OF HOLIDAY CHEER’: Merrymakers from the South County Chorus and the Hinesburg Artist Series Brass Quintet perform traditional and contemporary Christmas songs. All Souls Interfaith Gathering, Shelburne, refreshments, 6:30 p.m.; concert, 7:30 p.m. $10-12; canned-food donations accepted for local emergency food shelves. Info, 985-3819. ‘CHRISTMAS EVE, EVE, EVE’: The Mad River Chorale, the Young Singers Chorus of Vermont and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet celebrate the holiday season with John Rutter’s Gloria, Bob Chilcott’s And Peace on Earth and more. South Burlington High School, 7 p.m. $12-15; free for children ages 11 and under. Info, 496-4781. VALLEY NIGHT: Harmonica man Mark LaVoie offers gritty blues. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 7 p.m. $5 suggested cover. Info, 496-8994.
SLEIGH RIDES: Weather permitting, jingling horses trot visitors over the snow on a wintry tour of rolling acres. Rides depart every half hour from the Welcome Center. Shelburne Farms, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $6-8; free for kids under 3. Info, 985-8442.
‘MOO JEW COMEDY’: Call it tradition: Comedians Linda Belt, Josie Leavitt, Ahamed Weinberg and Jason P. Lorber break out the standup over a Chinese-food dinner at Christmastime for the fifth year. Asian Bistro, Williston, 8 p.m. $49 includes four-course meal, comedy show, tax and tip, and a donation to Spectrum Youth and Family Services. Info, 863-5966. ‘THE WIZARD OF OZ’: Off to see the wizard? Tag along with Northern Stage’s professional and local performers. Briggs Opera House, White River Junction, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Info, 296-7000.
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Wednesday, December 29, 6 p.m., at North Hero House Inn & Restaurant. $69 for murder-mystery dinner; various rates for overnight stays. Preregister. Info, 372-4732. www.northherohouse.com
ENOSBURG PLAYGROUP: Children and their adult caregivers immerse themselves in singing activities and more. American Legion, Enosburg Falls, 9-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. FAIRFAX PLAYGROUP: Multicultural stories and activities accent child’s play. Health Room, Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. HIGHGATE STORY HOUR: Good listeners soak up classic fairy tales. Highgate Public Library, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.
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Pan-seared Atlantic salmon with a side of ... murder? The North Hero House Inn & Restaurant’s Murder Is a Mystery party inflicts a gruesome interruption to the warm fuzzies of the holiday season, but it’s all in good fun. After an innocent cocktail hour, guests gathered at the country inn under the premise of a college reunion are instead left scratching their heads over a supper-time homicide. The South Hero Players propel the interactive plot over four courses, including tomato-basil soup, roasted chicken with a pancetta-sage pan sauce, maple cheesecake with candied walnuts and more. Apparently a little bloodshed doesn’t hurt the appetite; “The audience got so into it,” says owner Walt Blasberg of October’s murder-mystery dinner. Sounds ... killer.
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HoliDay Dinner For SeniorS: Entertainment and company enhance a festive, nondenominational sit-down ham feast. Call for volunteer questions, reservations, transportation or a meal delivery. Burlington High School, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 865-0360, email@example.com.
‘Howl’: See WED.22, 7 p.m. ‘lovely, STill’: See WED.22, 7 p.m.
food & drink
CHoColaTe-Dipping Demo: See WED.22, 2 p.m. Free CoFFee & CaFé opening: The brand-new “caffeine bar” opens its doors with complimentary java and samples of a house-brewed tropical soda, Frobscottle. Café Verde, Plainfield, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Info, 595-9932.
health & fitness
armCHair exerCiSe: Gentle physical activity helps folks stay fit. Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington, 11:30 a.m.-noon. Donations accepted. Info, 658-3585. STrong living exerCiSe: Fitness enthusiasts undergo strength training for good health. Aldrich Public Library, Barre, 8 a.m. Free. Info, 443-1654.
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HoliDay Sing-along: Robert Resnik and Gigi Weisman inspire Christmas caroling and more. Meet in the Bon-Ton seating area. University Mall, South Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 863-1066, ext. 11. mUSiC wiTH peTer: Preschoolers up to age 5 bust out song and dance moves. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.
‘CHriSTmaS eve, eve’: See WED.22, Harwood Union High School, South Duxbury, 7 p.m.
SleigH riDeS: See WED.22, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
‘moo Jew ComeDy’: See WED.22, 8 p.m. ‘THe wizarD oF oz’: See WED.22, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
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STory Time: Lit lovers of all ages take in fanciful tales. Bud & Bella’s Bookshop, Randolph, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 728-5509.
food & drink
CHoColaTe-Dipping Demo: See WED.22, 2 p.m.
‘iT’S KinD oF a FUnny STory’: A stressed-out teen gets a fresh perspective on growing up after checking himself into a mental-health clinic in this 2010 flick. Cinema 1, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 1:30 p.m. & 7 p.m. $4-7. Info, 748-2600. ‘viSion: From THe liFe oF HilDegarD von Bingen’: Celebrated German director Margarethe von Trotta dramatizes the life of a 12th-century nun of many trades. Cinema 2, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 1:30 p.m. & 7 p.m. $4-7. Info, 748-2600. warren miller’S ‘winTervenTion’: Ski icon Jonny Moseley narrates powder trails from Alaska, Norway, Canada, Antarctica and beyond for the snow-obsessed. Vermont Ski Museum, Stowe, 7 p.m. $10; seating is limited; call ahead to reserve tickets. Info, 253-9911, ext. 203.
food & drink
CHoColaTe-Dipping Demo: See WED.22, 2 p.m.
CHriSTmaS aT THe Farm: Families celebrate like it’s 1899 with traditional candle dipping, ornament making, horse-drawn sleigh rides and holiday music. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $3-12. Info, 457-2355.
BUrlingTon-area SCraBBle ClUB: Triple-lettersquare seekers spell out winning words. New players welcome. McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington, 12:30-5 p.m. Free. Info, 862-7558. CHeSS ClUB: Tabletop warriors do battle at the behest of players of all ages and abilities. Briggs Carriage Bookstore, Brandon, 12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 247-0050. FrenCH-engliSH ConverSaTion groUp: Novice and fluent French speakers brush up on their linguistics — en français. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211.
‘THe wizarD oF oz’: See WED.22, 2 p.m.
monTgomery playgroUp: Little ones exercise their bodies and their minds in the company of adult caregivers. Montgomery Town Library, 1011:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.
SleigH riDeS: See WED.22, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
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SleigH riDeS: See WED.22, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. STargazing SleigH riDeS: Pat Palmer of Thornapple Farm and a team of Percheron draft horses lead a celestial ride under the winter sky. Weather permitting. Preregister. Shelburne Farms, rides depart at 6 p.m., 6:45 and 7:30. $7-15; free for kids under 3. Info, 985-8686.
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reCorDer-playing groUp: Musicians produce early folk and baroque melodies. Presto Music Store, South Burlington, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 6580030, firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘THe wizarD oF oz’: See WED.22, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
poeTry open miC: Scribes speak in stanzas of their own creation. The Block Gallery, Winooski, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 373-5150.
‘iT’S KinD oF a FUnny STory’: See SUN.26, 7 p.m. ‘viSion: From THe liFe oF HilDegarD von Bingen’: See SUN.26, 7 p.m. warren miller’S ‘winTervenTion’: See SUN.26, 7 p.m.
food & drink
CHoColaTe-Dipping Demo: See WED.22, 2 p.m. people’S panTry: Franklin County residents tight on cash stop by for a complimentary meal. Methodist Community Center, Highgate Center, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 782-0554.
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STrong living exerCiSe: See THU.23, 8 a.m.
CHriSTmaS aT THe Farm: See SUN.26, 10 a.m.3:30 p.m.
CHilDren’S CraFT programS: Youngsters ages 3 to 12 get friendly with art supplies. Call for project details. Aldrich Public Library, Barre, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 476-7550, ext. 308. inFanT STory HoUr: Kiddos up to age 2 absorb spoken-word yarns. Aldrich Public Library, Barre, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 476-7550, aldrichlibrary@ charter.net. mUSiC wiTH peTer: See THU.23, 10:45 a.m. ‘pUzzleS, pUzzleS, pUzzleS!’: Jigsaw geniuses piece together interlocking images. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.
green moUnTain maHler FeSTival reHearSalS: Singers join a large-scale performance of Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9. Elley-Long Music Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 864-0788. ‘Silver anD golD’: Local songbirds break out a variety of tunes in a cabaret setting. Enosburg Opera House, 7 p.m. $8. Info, 933-6171.
SleigH riDeS: See WED.22, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Brian moHr & emily JoHnSon: The Vermontbased adventurer-photographers offer a mix of photos and video with their lecture “Two Wheels, Two Planks — Pedal-Powered Skiing in Arctic Norway.” Gate House Lodge, Sugarbush Resort, Warren, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 496-5434, info@ emberphoto.com.
an evening wiTH Ben vereen: This Broadway star has entertained his way from Wicked to Pippin to Jesus Christ Superstar. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 8 p.m. Call for price. Info, 253-3000. ‘THe wizarD oF oz’: See WED.22, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
marJorie CaDy memorial wriTerS groUp: Budding wordsmiths improve their craft through “homework” assignments, creative exercises and sharing. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10 a.m.noon. Free. Info, 388-2926, cpotter935@ comcast.net.
CommUniTy CHriSTmaS Dinner: Volunteers organize a free holiday meal for local residents. Call for information on helping or donating. Hedding United Methodist Church, Barre, noon-2 p.m. Free. Info, 476-5569, email@example.com.
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GrEEn Drinks: Activists and professionals for a cleaner environment raise a glass over networking and discussion. Lake Lobby, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 864-7999.
PaUsE Café: French speakers of all levels converse en français. Borders Books & Music, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 864-5088.
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sLEiGh riDEs: See WED.22, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
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ChoCoLaTE-DiPPinG DEMo: See WED.22, 2 p.m.
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BaByTiME: Crawling tots and their parents convene for playtime and sharing. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 658-3659. ChiLDrEn’s CrafT ProGraMs: See MON.27, 1-3 p.m. ‘hansEL anD GrETEL’: The Traveling Storyteller reimagines this Brothers Grimm tale with puppetry. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. iCE skaTinG for hoMEsChooLErs: See WED.22, noon-2 p.m. MonTGoMEry sTory hoUr: See WED.22, 10-11 a.m. MUsiC for PrEsChooLErs: See WED.22, 12:30-1 p.m. ‘PUzzLEs, PUzzLEs, PUzzLEs!’: See MON.27, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. sChooL vaCaTion fUn: Class may be out, but the learning doesn’t stop when children ages 6 to 12 wise up on Vermont’s changing landscape and economy. Preregister. Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, 1-3 p.m. $3-5; family rates available. Info, 828-2180.
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EiLEEn ivErs & iMMiGranT soUL: A virtuoso fiddler offers playful jigs with her ensemble. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 8 p.m. Call for price. Info, 253-3000. vaLLEy niGhT: The Detonators mix big bass sounds with powerful vocals. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 7 p.m. $5 suggested cover. Info, 496-8994.
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sLEiGh riDEs: See WED.22, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
‘ThE WizarD of oz’: See WED.22, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Book DisCUssion sEriEs: Man BookEr PrizE WinnErs: Readers chat about well-respected novels, such as Margaret Atwood’s The Blind Assassin. Pope Memorial Library, Danville, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 684-2256. m
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BrookLyn rUnDfUnk orkEsTraTa: Fourteen songs from The Sound of Music take on rock, jazz, R & B and country characteristics in The Hills Are Alive. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 8 p.m. Call for price. Info, 253-3000. GrEEn MoUnTain MahLEr fEsTivaL rEhEarsaLs: See MON.27, 7 p.m.
‘iT’s kinD of a fUnny sTory’: See SUN.26, 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. ‘vision: froM ThE LifE of hiLDEGarD von BinGEn’: See SUN.26, 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. WarrEn MiLLEr’s ‘WinTErvEnTion’: See SUN.26, 7 p.m.
The Emerald Ballroom at the Sheraton Hotel in Burlington Doors open at 6:30pm for Buffet from 7-8pm Open Dancing 8-12:30am Hors d’oeurvres 9pm • Desserts 10pm Countdown 11:59pm Buffet & Dancing (before 12/27) $53.25 Dancing (before 12/27) $32.50 Dancing (12/27 or after) $43.00
ChiLDrEn’s CrafT ProGraMs: See MON.27, 1-3 p.m. ChiLDrEn’s sTory hoUr: Two- to 5-year-olds tune in for audible prose. Aldrich Public Library, Barre, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 476-7550, firstname.lastname@example.org. CrEaTivE TUEsDays: Artists engage their imaginations with recycled crafts. Kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. kiDs’ sTory hoUr: Literature hounds show up for tall tales. East Barre Branch Library, kids under 3 meet at 10 a.m.; ages 3 to 5 meet at 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 476-5118. LEGo CLUB: Kids ages 5 and up fashion astonishing creations out of plastic bricks and building supplies. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. PrEsChooL sTory TiME: Three- to 5-yearolds savor stories, songs, crafts and companies. Carpenter-Carse Library, Hinesburg, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 482-2878. ‘PUzzLEs, PUzzLEs, PUzzLEs!’: See MON.27, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
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‘MUrDEr is a MysTEry’: Dinner guests masquerading as old college chums become part of a homicide investigation over a four-course meal linked with an interactive performance by the South Hero Players. Preregister. North Hero House Inn & Restaurant, 6 p.m. $69 for murder-mystery dinner; various rates for overnight stays. Info, 372-4732. oLD-TiME raDio DraMas: Amateur detectives tune in for classic audio dramatizations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes mysteries. Brandon Music, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Free. Info, 465-4071.
LaUGhTEr yoGa: What’s so funny? Giggles burst out as gentle aerobic exercise and yogic breathing meet unconditional laughter to enhance physical, emotional, and spiritual health and wellbeing. Miller Community and Recreation Center, Burlington, 9-10 a.m. Free. Info, 355-5129.
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‘iT’s kinD of a fUnny sTory’: See SUN.26, 7 p.m. TUEsDay niGhT aT ThE MoviEs: Film-club members screen Venus, Roger Michell’s 2006 romantic comedy starring Peter O’Toole. Open discussion follows. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 7 p.m. $8, or $30 for six-month membership. Info, 496-8994, email@example.com. ‘vision: froM ThE LifE of hiLDEGarD von BinGEn’: See SUN.26, 7 p.m. WarrEn MiLLEr’s ‘WinTErvEnTion’: See SUN.26, 7 p.m.
ChoCoLaTE-DiPPinG DEMo: See WED.22, 2 p.m. PEoPLE’s PanTry: See MON.27, 4-7 p.m.
‘ThE WizarD of oz’: See WED.22, 7:30 p.m.
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AYURVEDIC CLEANSE & REJUVENATION SERIES: Jan. 11-25, 5:30-7 p.m., Weekly on Tue. Cost: $120/series. Location: Vermont Center for Yoga and Therapy, 364 Dorset St., Suite 204, S. Burlington. Info: 802-658-9440, vtcyt. com. Restore balance in the New Year: During this three-week workshop, you will be supported through a seven-day ayurvedic cleanse. Workshops will explore the fundamentals of ayurveda, examine how ayurveda supports optimum health, and understand how this medical system applies to you.
burlington city arts CLAY: BEGINNING WHEEL I: Jan. 25-Mar. 15, 6:30-9 p.m., Weekly on Tue. Cost: $225/ nonmembers, $202.50/ BCA members. Clay sold separately @ $20/25 lb. bag. Glazes & firings incl. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. An introduction to clay, pottery and the ceramics studio. Work primarily on the potter’s wheel, learning basic throwing and forming techniques. While learning, you will create vases, mugs and bowls. Use the studio’s house slips and glazes. Includes over 20 hours per week of open studio time to practice! Limit: 13. CLAY: INTERMEDIATE/ ADVANCED WHEEL THROWING: Jan. 27-Mar. 17, 9-11:30 a.m. Cost: $250/nonmembers, $225/BCA members. Clay sold separately at $20/25 lb. bag. Glazes & firings incl. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. Learn individualized tips and techniques for advancement on the wheel. Demonstrations and instruction will cover intermediate throwing, trimming, decorative and glazing methods. Students should be proficient in centering and throwing basic cups and bowls. Over 20 hours per week of open studio
time included in addition to the class! Limit: 8. DESIGN: ADOBE INDESIGN: Jan. 24-Mar. 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Monday. Cost: $185/nonmembers, $166.50/BCA members. Location: Firehouse Center’s Digital Media Lab, Burlington. Learn the basics of Adobe In-Design. Get the basics and become proficient at using this powerful layout program. Students will explore a variety of software techniques and will create projects suited to their own interests. This class is suited for beginners who are interested in furthering their design software skills. Limit: 6. DROP IN: LIFE DRAWING FOR ADULTS (16+): Mon., Jan. 10May 23 (no class Jan. 17, Feb. 21), 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $8/ nonmembers, $7/BCA members. Location: Firehouse Center, Burlington. This dropin class is open to all levels and facilitated by a BCA staff member and professional model. Please bring your own drawing materials and paper. No registration necessary. Purchase a drop-in card and get the sixth visit for free! DROP IN: POLLYWOG PRESCHOOL: Jan. 13-May. 26, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Weekly on Thursday. Cost: $6/parent/ child pair, $5/BCA members. Location: Firehouse Center, Burlington. This popular drop-in program introduces young children to artistic explorations in a multimedia
environment that is both creative and social. Participants will work with homemade play dough, paint, yarn, ribbon, paper and more! Parents must accompany their children. All materials provided. No registration necessary. Purchase a drop-in card and get the 6th visit for free! Ages 6 months through 5 years. DROP-IN: FRI. NIGHT FAMILY CLAY: Jan. 14-May 27, 5:307:30 p.m., Weekly on Fri. Cost: $6/participant, $5/ BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. Learn wheel and hand-building techniques while hanging out with the family. Make bowls, cups and amazing sculptures. Staff will give wheel and hand-building demonstrations. Clay for practice and fun is free. If you want to keep, you can glaze and fire for $3 per item. No registration necessary. Get a free visit! Purchase a $30 punch card for six drop-in classes, $25 for BCA members. All ages. DROP-IN: FRI. NIGHT TEEN CLAY: Jan. 14-May. 27, 7:309:30 p.m., Weekly on Fri. Cost: $6/participant, $5/ BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. Teens, bring your old clothes and some tunes and get creative at the BCA clay studio. Staff will help you use the wheels to make cups, mugs, bowls and more. Clay for practice and fun is free. You can glaze and fire for $3 per item. No registration necessary. Get a free visit!
Purchase a $30 punch card for six drop-in classes, $25 for BCA members. Ages 13+. DROP-IN: TADPOLE PRESCHOOL: Tue. & Fri., Jan. 11-May 27 (no class Mar. 1), 9:30-11:30 a.m. Cost: $6/ parent/child pair, $3/per additional sibling, $5/BCA members. Get a free visit! Purchase a $30 punch card for 6 drop-in classes. $25/ BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. Introduce your child to artistic explorations in a multimedia environment that is both creative and social. Through art projects designed for early learners, young artists will draw, work with clay, create collages, paint murals and more! Parents must accompany their children. All materials provided. No registration necessary. Ages 3-5. DRAWING & PAINTING: Feb. 1-Apr. 5, 6:30-9 p.m., Weekly on Tue. Cost: $245/nonmembers, $220.50/BCA members. Location: Firehouse Center, Burlington. Begin with the basics of drawing and transition to painting with water-soluble oils. Students will learn many drawing and painting techniques and how to apply composition, linear aspects, form and color theory to their work. This supportive class will have a nice balance of studio time, group discussion and critique. Limit: 10.
DROP IN: PAINTING FOR ADULTS (16+): Thu., Jan. 27-Mar. 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m. No class Feb. 17 & Feb. 24. Cost: $10/nonmembers, $9/ BCA members. Location: Firehouse Center, Burlington. Open to all levels and facilitated by Linda Jones, an accomplished painter and BCA instructor for over 10 years. Participants will be encouraged to experiment in this fun and supportive class. No registration necessary. BCA provides glass palettes, easels, painting trays and drying racks. Please bring your own painting materials. MIXED-LEVEL DARKROOM: Jan. 20-Mar. 10, 6-9 p.m., Weekly on Thu. Cost: $250/nonmembers, $225/ BCA members. Location: Community Darkroom, Burlington. Take your work to the next level in this eightweek class! Guided sessions to help you improve your printing and film processing techniques and discussion of the technical and aesthetic aspects of your work will be included. Cost includes a darkroom membership for the duration of the class. Prerequisite: Intro to Black and White Film and the Darkroom or equivalent experience. PHOTO: DIGITAL BASICS: Jan. 18-Mar. 15, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Weekly on Tuesday. Cost: $195/nonmembers, $175.50/BCA members. Location: Firehouse Center’s Digital Media Lab, Burlington. Learn the basics of digital photography in this eight-week class. Camera functions and settings, white balance, composition, uploading and organizing images, making basic edits in Photoshop, printing, and much more will be covered. Any digital camera is acceptable! Bring your charged camera with its memory card, cords and manual. No experience required. Limit: 6.
EXPLORATION IN MOVEMENT 14 CEU: Jan 8 & 9, 2011, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost: $245/14 CEUs ($225 if paid by Dec. 18; call about risk-free introductory fee. Location: Touchstone Healing Arts, Burlington. Info: Dianne Swafford, 802-734-1121, swaffordperson@hotmail. com. Ortho-Bionomy: Participants will learn to recognize and palpate patterns of joint and muscle movement in order to facilitate increased range of motion and promote a general sense of well-being in the body. OrthoBionomy is a gentle, deeply effective, noninvasive body therapy, which is effective with both acute and chronic conditions and is used to
reduce tension and improve structural alignment.
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PHOTO: INTRO FILM/ DIGITAL: Jan. 19-Feb. 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $145/nonmembers, $130.50/BCA members. Location: Firehouse Center’s Digital Media Lab, Burlington. Explore the basic workings of the manual 35mm film or digital SLR to take the photographs you envision. Demystify f-stops, shutter speeds and exposure, and learn the basics of composition, lens choices and film types/sensitivity. Bring an empty manual 35mm film or digital SLR camera and owner’s manual to class. Limit: 15. No experience necessary. PHOTO: PHOTOSHOP BASICS: Jan. 18-Feb. 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Tuesday. Cost: $195/$175.50 BCA members. Location: Firehouse Center’s Digital Media Lab, Burlington. Gain confidence working in Adobe Photoshop in this class. Uploading images into Adobe Bridge, use of Camera Raw, image correction tools such as color and white balance correction, layers, retouching and more will be covered. Print on our Epson 3880 printer. Prerequisite: Intro Film/Digital SLR Camera or equivalent experience. Limit 6. PRINT: WHAT IS PRINTMAKING?: Jan. 31-Mar. 28, 6-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Cost: $210/nonmembers, $189/BCA members. Location: BCA Print Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. Students will be encouraged to explore and use a variety of layering techniques and to have fun experimenting. Demonstrations on intaglio, mono printing, relief, silkscreening and stencils are included. Some basic materials included. Over 20 hours per week of open studio time also included in addition to the class! Limit: 10.
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Call 802-865-7166 for info or register online at BurlingtonCityArts.com. Teacher bios are also available online.
LIFE-COACHING GROUPS: Location: Coaching Psychology Office, S. Burlington. Info: Pivotal Points of Change, Carolyn Edwards, 802-657-3647, for. email@example.com. Finally achieve your desired goal in 2011! Life-coaching groups with psychologist Dr. Carolyn Edwards signing up now for January through March. Day and evening classes, one month long, $105. Individual life coaching also available with complimentary (free) introductory session.
FINDING YOUR MISSION IN LIFE: Jan. 13-Feb. 3, 7-9 p.m., Weekly on Thu., Jan. 13-Feb. 3, 7-9 p.m., + an individual session. Cost: $120/ series. Location: 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury. Info: Sue, 802-244-7909. Discover the unique way you are meant to make a difference in the world and open your life to joy, meaning and wonder. Led by Dr. Sue Mehrtens, teacher and author, with a personal reading by a member of the Life Mission Institute team.
FELDENKRAIS: Weekly on Wed., 7-8 p.m. Cost: $12/ class. Location: Touchstone Healing Arts, 187 St. Paul St., Burlington. Info: Uwe Mester, 802-735-3770, uwemester@ gmx.net. Try it out! First class is free! Feldenkrais is a learning method based on movement. Discover where and how you hold tension ev1 9/28/09 3:32:51 PM erywhere in yourself and fi1x1-FlynnPerfArts093009.indd nd MASTER GARDENER 2011 alternative ways to move. COURSE: Feb. 1-Apr. 26, Increase your self-knowledge WISDOM OF THE HERBS 6-9 p.m. Cost: $365/incl. and awareness and beSCHOOL: Wisdom of the Sustainable Gardening book. come pain free! For further Herbs Certification Program Noncredit course. Location: information and complete begins April 23-24, 2011, Bennington, Brattleboro, class schedule, please visit & runs 1 weekend a mo. Johnson, Lyndon, Montpelier, vermontfeldenkrais.com. through Nov. We are curMiddlebury, Newport, rently interviewing for this Randolph Center, Rutland, program. Wild Edibles Spring Springfield, St. Albans, Term will be held May 8, Jun. FLYNNARTS WINTER/SPRING Waterbury, White River 5 & Jul. 10. Plan ahead & SEMESTER: Location: Flynn Junction & Williston, apply now for VSAC nondeCenter for the Performing Burlington. Info: 802-656gree grant for 2011 programs Arts, Burlington. Info: 9562, master.gardener@uvm. while funds are plentiful. FlynnArts, 802-652-4548, edu, uvm.edu/matergarLocation: Wisdom of the firstname.lastname@example.org. dener. Learn how to create Herbs School, Woodbury. Classes in dance, drama and a healthy and sustainable Info: 802-456-8122, annie@ music are enrolling now. Sign home landscape. A wide variwisdomoftheherbsschool. up for acting (scene study, ety of horticultural topics are com, wisdomoftheherbs monologues, etc.), group covered: fruit and vegetable school.com. Earth skills for singing lessons, Zumba or the production, flower gardening, changing times. Experiential ever-popular Laugh Attack: botany, soil fertility, plant programs embracing local, Standup Comedy. Dance pests, disease management, wild, edible and medicinal forms include hip hop, modhealthy lawns, invasive plants, food as first mediern, tap, ballet, jazz, world, plants, and more! UVM faculty cine, sustainable living NIA and musical theater experts focus on gardening in skills, and the inner journey. dance. Student jazz combos Vermont! Annie McCleary, director, and and adult jazz combos formGeorge Lisi, naturalist. STONE WALL WORKSHOP: ing as well; placement sesCost: $100/1-day workshop. sion January 11. Auditions for Location: Red Wagon Plants, Show Choir and munchkins 2408 Shelburne Falls Rd., in the Wizard of Oz on Jan. ANNOUNCING NEW SPANISH Hinesburg. Info: Queen 8. Class schedules, info and CLASSES: Beginning week City Soil & stone, Charley registration online. of Jan. 10 for 10 weeks MacMartin, 802-318-2411, & traveler’s class Jan. email@example.com, que15. Cost: $160/10 1-hour encitysoilandstone.com. classes. Location: Spanish in Introductory stone wall workWaterbury Center, Waterbury shop for homeowners and Center. Info: Spanish in tradespeople promotes the Waterbury Center, 802-585beauty and integrity of stone. 1025, spanishparavos@gmail. One-day workshop focuses com, spanishwaterbury on the basic techniques for center.com. Winter Spanish creating dry-laid walls with class offerings. Learn from a special emphasis on stone
BALLROOM DANCE CLASSES: Location: The Champlain Club, Burlington. Info: First Step Dance, 802-598-6757, kevin@firststepdance. com, FirstStepDance.com. Beginning classes repeat each month, and intermediate classes vary from month to month. As with all of our programs, everyone is encouraged to attend, and no partner is necessary. Come alone, or come with friends, but come out and dance! DANCE STUDIO SALSALINA: Cost: $13/class. Location: 266 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Victoria, 802-598-1077, firstname.lastname@example.org. Salsa classes, nightclub-style. One-on-one, group and private, four levels. Beginner walk-in classes, Wednesdays, 6 p.m. Argentinean Tango class and social, Fridays, 7:30 p.m., walk-ins welcome. No dance experience, partner or preregistration required, just the desire to have fun! Drop in any time and prepare for an enjoyable workout! LEARN TO SWING DANCE: Cost: $60/6-week series ($50 for students/seniors). Location: Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. Info: lindyvermont.com, 802-8607501. Great fun, exercise and socializing, with fabulous music. Learn in a welcoming and lighthearted environment. Classes start every six weeks: Tuesdays for beginners; Wednesdays for upper levels. Instructors: Shirley McAdam and Chris Nickl.
SAMPLE FREE FLYNNARTS CLASSES DURING BURLINGTON’S FIRST NIGHT!: Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington. Info: FlynnArts, 802-652-4548, email@example.com. Wondering if a class is right for your child? Come see! During Burlington’s First Night celebration, kids can try out music, drama and dance classes for free. Staff and teaching artists are on hand to answer questions and help with class placement. Dropins welcome if space remains, but call or email to guarantee a spot. Class schedules are posted online.
native to Vermont. Upcoming dates include January 8 with additional dates through March. Space limited; gift certificates available.
health HOLISTIC NUTRITION: Jan. 21-Aug. 5, 12-3 p.m., Weekly on Fri. Cost: $1,500/series. Location: Elements of Healing, 21 Essex Way Suite 109, Essex Jct. Info: Elements Of Healing, Scot Moylan, 802-288-8160, scott@ elementsofhealing.net, elementsofhealing.net. This class will teach students the fundamentals of Eastern nutrition. We will study what a healthy diet entails, as well as look at several diseases and how to treat them through diet. Proper food preparation and cooking methods will be discussed. A detailed study of body energetics will also be shown, along with some Western anatomy and physiology.
native speaker in a small, participatory class environment. Adult evening classes at five levels. Full-day Spanish for Travelers class January 15. Also private instruction, tutoring, lessons for children. Convenient scheduling. See our website for complete information or contact us for details.
martial arts AIKIDO: Adult introductory classes meet on Tue. & Thu. at 6:45 p.m. Classes for adults, children (ages 5-12) & teenagers meet 7 days/ week. Location: Aikido of Champlain Valley, 257 Pine St. (across from Conant Metal and Light), Burlington. Info: 802-951-8900, burl ingtonaikido.org. Aikido is a dynamic Japanese martial art that promotes physical and mental harmony through the use of breathing exercises, aerobic conditioning, circular movements, and pinning and throwing techniques. We also teach sword/staff arts and knife defense. The Samurai Youth Program provides scholarships for children and teenagers, ages 7-17. AIKIDO: Tue.-Fri., 6-7:30 p.m.; Sat., 9-10 a.m.; & Sun., 1011:30 a.m. Visitors are always welcome. Location: Vermont Aikido, 274 N. Winooski Ave. (2nd floor), Burlington. Info: Vermont Aikido, 802-8629785, vermontaikido.org. Practice the graceful martial art of Aikido in a safe, supportive environment. Aikido training teaches body and spirit together, promoting physical flexibility and flowing movement, martial awareness with compassionate connection, respect for others and confidence in oneself. Visitors are always welcome in the dojo! VERMONT BRAZILIAN JIUJITSU: Mon.-Fri., 6-9 p.m., & Sat., 10 a.m. 1st class is free. Location: Vermont Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 55 Leroy Rd., Williston. Info: 802660-4072, Julio@bjjusa. com, bjjusa.com. Classes for men, women and children. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu enhances strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and cardiorespiratory fitness. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training builds and helps to instill courage and self-confidence. We offer a legitimate Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu martial arts program in a friendly, safe and positive
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environment. Accept no imitations. Learn from one of the world’s best, Julio “Foca” Fernandez, CBJJ and IBJJF certified 6th Degree Black Belt, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor under Carlson Gracie Sr., teaching in Vermont, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! A 5-time Brazilian JiuJitsu National Featherweight Champion and 3-time Rio de Janeiro State Champion, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
tai chi Snake Style Tai Chi Chuan: Beginner classes Sat. mornings & Wed. evenings. Call to view a class. Location: BAO TAK FAI TAI CHI INSTITUTE, 100 Church St., Burlington. Info: 802864-7902, iptaichi.org. The Yang Snake Style is a dynamic tai chi method that mobilizes the spine while stretching and strengthening the core body muscles. Practicing this ancient martial art increases strength, flexibility, vitality, peace of mind and martial skill. Yang-Style Tai Chi: Beginning Jan. 5, Yang Style Tai Chi Part 1 Beginner’s class, Wed., 5:30-6:50 p.m. $150 for 10 classes. All levels on Sat., 8:15-9:45 a.m. $16/ class; monthly: $60/1 class per week, $115/2 classes per week. 3 calendar mos.: $160/1 class, $275/2 classes per week. Beginning in Feb.: Yang Style Tai Chi Part 2. Location: Touchstone Healing Arts, 187 St. Paul St., #5, Burlington. Info: 802-318-6238. Tai Chi is a slow-moving martial art that combines deep breathing and graceful movements to produce the valuable effects of relaxation, improved concentration, improved balance, a decrease in blood pressure and ease in the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Brought to you by Vermont Tai Chi Academy
Writing Therapy Group for Women: Jan. 17-Mar. 7, 5:30-7 p.m., Weekly on Mon.. Location: Vermont Center for Yoga and Therapy, 364 Dorset St., Suite 204, S. Burlington. Info: Heather, 802-658-9440, vtcyt.com. Exploring one’s internal world creatively through writing can support the healing process of depression, anxiety, self-image issues, relational difficulties and addictions. Writing Therapy for Women encourages the development of self-expression and selfawareness through various writing styles and exercises; fiction, nonfiction, journaling, prose and poetry. Instructed by Heather Parker, MA, LCMHC. Insurance accepted.
yoga Yoga Vermont: Cost: $12/ drop in, $110/10-class card, $130/mo. pass. Location: Yoga Vermont , 113 Church St., 4th floor, Burlington. Info: Kathy McNames, 802238-0594, firstname.lastname@example.org, yogavermont. com. Great instructors. Clean, warm studio. Classes every day. Ashtanga, vinyasa, chanting and pranayama, gentle vinyasa, history and philosophy. Teacher training course. Workshops with David Swenson and Shelley Washington, Baird Hersey, Mark T. Kinder. Gift certificates available. We have studied extensively and would love to share our practices with you. Anxious Body, Anxious Mind for Teens: Jan. 13Feb. 17, 6-7:30 p.m., Weekly on Thu. Cost: $90/series. Location: Vermont Center for Yoga and Therapy, 364 Dorset St., Suite 204, S. Burlington. Info: 802-658-9440, vtcyt. com. Would you like to feel less anxious and more comfortable with yourself? In a supportive environment, participants will examine their own inner “critical” voice in order to find their way to a more compassionate and loving self. Gentle yoga postures, breathing exercises, journaling and guided meditation practices will be introduced. Instructed by Penny Kline.
Spirit Strength: Yoga Pilates Fusion Classes, Tue. & Thu., 10 a.m. Cost: $13/ class; $110/10-class card. Location: Burlington Dances, 1 Mill St., suite 372, top floor, Chace Mill, at the Winooski River Falls bridge, Burlington. Info: Burlington Dances, Lucille Dyer, 802-863-3369, Info@BurlingtonDances. com, BurlingtonDances.com. Purify, align, strengthen and stretch while connecting to your inner core. Strengthen and stabilize the core, increase flexibility, reduce stress, and improve energy. Julie Peoples-Clark teaches a combination of physical postures, breath work, core conditioning movement, balance, relaxation and dynamic flow. Gift certificate chopping? Save 20% now through December 24! Trauma-Sensitive Yoga: Healing Body, Mind & Spirit: Thu., Jan. 13-Mar. 10, 6:30-7:45 p.m. No class Feb. 24. Cost: $120/series. Location: Vermont Center for Yoga and Therapy, 364 Dorset St., Suite 204, S. Burlington. Info: 802-658-9440, vtcyt. com. Trauma and loss can result in feelings of anxiety, sadness, agitation and reactivity, as well as PTSD symptoms (e.g., flashbacks, hypervigilance and nightmares.) Yoga and mindfulness practices can gently shift these patterns, allowing individuals to reinhabit their bodies with a growing sense of safety, strength and stability. Instructed by Deb Sherrer, MA, CYT. Yoga for Educators: Reconnecting & Replenishing: Jan. 11-Feb. 15, 4:30-5:45 p.m., Weekly on Tue. Cost: $90/series. Location: Vermont Center for Yoga and Therapy, 364 Dorset St., Suite 204, South Burlington. Info: 802-6589440, vtcyt.com. Do you spend so much time each day worrying about work, lesson plans and your students that it’s hard to take care of yourself? This workshop will help you reconnect with yourself through a gentle and mindful yoga practice, breathing exercises, and guided meditation using the principles of loving-kindness. Instructed by Penny Kline. m
REIKI (Usui) LEVEL 1: Cost: $175/Sat., Jan. 8, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Location: Rising Sun Healing Center, 35 King St., #7, Burlington. Info: Chris Hanna, 802881-1866, channa@gmavt.
WORKING WITH MANDALAS: Jan. 12-Feb. 2, 7-9 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $60/ workshop. Location: 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury. Info: Sue, 802-244-7909. A contemplative, handson workshop designed to introduce participants to the powerful spiritual effect that results in the process of crafting a mandala. All tools and media will be provided. Class size limited to 12. Led by Sue Mehrtens, teacher and author.
EVOLUTION YOGA: Daily yoga classes for all levels from $5-$14, conveniently located in Burlington. 10-class cards and unlimited memberships available for discounted rates. Mon.-Fri. @ 4:30 p.m., class is only $5!. Location: Evolution Yoga, Burlington. Info: 802-864-9642, yoga@ evolutionvt.com, evolutionvt.com. Evolution’s certified teachers are skilled with students ranging from beginner-advanced. We offer classes in Vinyasa, Anusarainspired, Kripalu, and Iyengar yoga. Babies/kids classes also available! Prepare for birth and strengthen postpartum with pre/postnatal yoga, and check out our thriving massage practice. Participate in our community blog: evolutionvt.com/evoblog. Foundations of a Therapeutic Yoga Session: Fri., Jan. 21, 6-8 p.m. Sat., Jan. 22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., Jan. 23, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: $225/three days. Location: Vermont Center for Yoga and Therapy, 364 Dorset St., Suite 204, South Burlington. Info: 802-6589440, vtcyt.com. This is an experiential and didactic training for yoga teachers interested in working privately with students in an effort to create a therapeutic yoga session. Come and explore the foundations of a healing session as well as the dynamics of teaching one on one. Instructed by Martha Whitney, Bree GreenbergBenjamin and Emily Garrett. Laughing River Yoga: Daily yoga classes & monthly yoga workshops. $13 drop in; $110 for 10 classes. Bydonation classes Mon.-Fri. at 9 a.m. & Tue./Thu. at 7:30 p.m. Location: Laughing River Yoga, 1 Mill St., Chace Mill, suite 126, Burlington. Info: Laughing River Yoga, 802-343-8119, emily@ laughingriveryoga.com, laughingriveryoga.com. Yoga studio now open downstairs in the Chace Mill. Experienced and compassionate teachers offer Kripalu, Jivamukti, Vajra, Flow, Restorative and DJ Yoga Flow. Educate yourself with monthly workshops and class series. Lots of light. Gorgeous floors. Parking. All levels welcome! Come and deepen your understanding of who you are.
and Healing Center. Janet Makaris, instructor.
ALL Wellness: Location: 208 Flynn Ave., Studio 3A (across from the antique shops, before Oakledge Park), Burlington. Info: 802863-9900, allwellnessvt. com. We encourage all ages, all bodies and all abilities to discover greater ease and enjoyment in life by integrating Pilates, physical therapy, yoga and nutrition. Come experience our welcoming atmosphere, skillful, caring instructors and light-filled studio. Join us for a free introduction to the reformer, every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m.: Just call and reserve your spot! Natural Bodies Pilates: Take advantage of our full schedule of classes. Location: Natural Bodies Pilates, 1 Mill St., 372, top floor, Chace Mill, at the Winooski River Falls bridge, Burlington. Info: 802-863-3369, lucille@ naturalbodiespilates.com, NaturalBodiesPilates.com. Lift your body, mind and spirit-naturally! With Pilates, modern dance and conscious movement practices, your whole-body movement results in that integrated feeling of deep internal strength while feeling surprisingly relaxed and flexible. Come celebrate dance and creativity for happiness in life: Join a class today!
net, risingsunhealing.com. Learn this powerful handson-healing art for healing and personal growth, and be able to give Reiki energy to yourself and others by the end of the class. Plenty of inclass practice time. Learn the history of Reiki and ethics of a Reiki practitioner. Individual classes and sessions available. Member VRA.
DANCES OF UNIVERSAL PEACE: Jan. 15, 1-4 p.m. Cost: $15/class if prepaid by Jan. 10. $20 at door. Optional evening Sufi Zikr, 6-7:30 p.m., $10. Location: Studio Time & Space, 59 Main St., Springfield. Info: Radha, 802658-2447, radhatereska@ comcast.net. A participatory group form of meditation in motion; a joyous way to touch the spiritual essence within ourselves and others. Led by Radha Tereska Buko, who has led these dances worldwide for the past 25 years. INTRODUCTION TO MEDITATION: Jan. 8-29, 2-4 p.m., Weekly on Sat. Cost: $60/series. Location: 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury. Info: Sue, 802-244-7909. Get a basic orientation to an essential practice of the spiritual journey; learn over a dozen techniques in this workshop that is more experiential than intellectual. Led by Dr. Sue Mehrtens, teacher and author. LEARN TO MEDITATE: Meditation instruction available Sunday mornings, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., or by appointment. The Shambhala Cafe meets the first Saturday of each month for meditation and discussions, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. An Open House occurs every third Wednesday evening of each month, 7-9 p.m., which includes an intro to the center, a short dharma talk and socializing. Location: Burlington Shambhala Center, 187 So. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 802-658-6795, burlingtonshambhalactr. org. Through the practice of sitting still and following your breath as it goes out and dissolves, you are connecting with your heart. By simply letting yourself be, as you are, you develop genuine sympathy toward yourself. The Burlington Shambhala Center
offers meditation as a path to discovering gentleness and wisdom. SUFI MEDITATION & MOVEMENT: Every Thu. starting in Jan., 7-8 p.m. Cost: $10/mo. suggested contribution. Location: Mallets Bay/ Colcheser area, Vermont. Info: Radha, 802-658-2447 or Wahida, 802-922-6554. An ongoing exploration into the practices of Suluk (the journey) from the Sufi Order International and Music and Movement from the Sufi Ruhaniat Order. Led by certified teachers from both Sufi Orders.
Naughty and Nice Holiday hopes from Vermont’s music scene BY D AN BO L L E S
very year around the holidays, Seven Days checks in with some of the artists, booking agents, label managers, and other movers and shakers who make up the local music scene to find out what they’d like to see in their Christmas stockings. With only a few shopping days left, here’s what they said. 1. For my fiancée to buy me the recently released 16-DVD set of every episode of “Yo! MTV Raps.” For real. 2. For someone to break my “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” CD so I would be unable to ever play it again at ’80s night. 3. For the chance to share a bottle of whiskey and a joint with Biggie, James Brown, Marvin Gaye and Rick James.
Kelly Ravin, Waylon Speed
Raph Worrick, the Dirtminers, the Plastic
Big Heavy World, 105.9 FM WOMM-LP
Billionaires A publicly funded revolving stage, heated by flame cannons in winter and surrounded by a circular swimming moat in summer, should be installed in City Hall Park.
One of Creston [Lea]’s Teles, and for the Drive-By Truckers to come to HG. Is that so much to ask?
Zack duPont, Stacked, Japhy Ryder
I would like for the Flynn Center to pair local support acts with national artists. This town has so much to offer its musicians, but it’s tough to really connect with a crowd in noisy bars or to fully appreciate music as a listener in that setting. The Flynn is one of the only rooms in town where music is sought out in the traditional art form. So, let’s nurture our local artists who deserve a shot at connecting with larger crowds in Burlington. Support local music!
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the Radiator Big Heavy World and the Radiator would have asked for a box of happiness, but it turned out the office is one. We would have asked for sparkly, magic new studio equipment, but Santa’s punk-ass rebel elves — and Vermont businesses and friends — threw down early and set us up before Christmas came. Our last wish was that everyone knew how good a time it is to work at Big Heavy and the Radiator, surrounded by Vermont’s music and Burlington’s craziest, most artful, giving and thoughtful volunteers. Let’s find that under the tree!
Rebecca Kopycinski, Nuda Veritas
I wish this year that Dan Bolles would come out to more shows! (Editor’s note: So does Dan Bolles.)
Karen Krajacic, Folk by Association A teleportation device! Who put all these places so far apart? 58 MUSIC
more diverse and prolific than at any time in its history. I hope that in 2011, the state, the nation, and the world continue to further appreciate the great avant-garde music coming out of our wonderful little state!
Jay Blanchard, Mars Pyramid Records
Vermont’s experimental-music scene is
Brian Murphy, former blogger, False 45th A rebirth of Montpelier’s Lamb Abbey. (Editor’s note: Our wish? That Brian Murphy ditches the “former” from his title.) Simeon Chapin, Cumbancha An online cultural shift toward appreciating slow music — like slow food. A progressive DJ/conscious hip-hop/contemporary global-music standing-room series booked at the FlynnSpace. Seven Days increasing its print space for music. More sound people like Rachel Bischoff. VPR realizing that it could be the next KEXP, KCRW or KUT, and that Burlington is ready.
Indigo [Ruth-Davis], play cello. I wish people would leave me alone when I say I like Froggy [100.9]. It makes me happy. I wish I had a mini-column in Seven Days. I’d call it “Most Music Sucks, But I Love the Humans Who Make It and Really Appreciate That They Do.”
Bobby Hackney Jr., Rough Francis
1. A louder PA system at the Monkey House. 2. Bosco Mann (Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings) to produce the new Rough Francis album. 3. The Fags reunion show at 242 Main. 4. One partridge and one pear tree.
Rev. Blonde, Dirty Blondes
Matt Vachon, the Boomflowers
This year, nothing under the tree would make me happier than a bass player, guitarist and co-lead singer all in the same state for more than two minutes at a time. And to have that CD I mentioned last year to really be finally finished. And for Grace Potter to meet me on the corner of King and Battery to duke it out. I’ll stick that “Ooh la la” right where the sun don’t shine.
Josh Brooks, Grant/Black My old Chaos Fest “Give us your money … fucker” T-shirt, which I would mass-produce and send out to all the good folks in Washington, D.C., rewriting the tax code.
Ben Maddox, Farm
Brad Barratt, DJ Humble Janitor, WRUV To host local punk, ska, hardcore and maybe even metal bands on my show, and help promote more local acts using my show as a tool for the local music community.
Andrew Parker-Renga, singer-songwriter I wish for LeRoi Moore of the Dave Matthews Band to be brought back to life. I wish for Vermont Folk Instruments to come back. And I wish for one of my single friends to ask out the hot blond girl who works at Mr. Mike’s. If you’ve ever partied in Burlington, you know who I am talking about.
Cheryl Willoughby, director of programming, VPR Classical, and host of “World of Music,” 105.9 FM the Radiator I want Anaïs Mitchell’s Hadestown to get the packaging/design Grammy it’s nominated for, and the new year to hold many more local recordings as fine as Michèle Choinière’s La Violette.
Aya Inoue, the Amida Bourbon Project Dear Santa: You know that old building that used to be Sh-Na-Na’s in Burlington? The big, empty building downtown? The historic one near the water? I want that building to be a bowling alley where everyone is required to wear bathrobes, including the local bands that play there every night. White Russian: optional. Bathrobe: mandatory. It’s a simple request, Santa. Now make it happen.
My holiday wish, as it always is, would be for more local music venues to feature original music. But playing in a cover band these past few years has taught me that most people just want to hear the same old songs, great songs though they may be. But come on! How many times can you listen to “Don’t Stop Believing”?
I hope that all the people working on albums this winter will be able to crack down and kick out the jams. You’ll be dead soon! Get to work.
I sincerely wish John Lennon were alive and making music. I wish the Hollywood Indians were still playing at Border. I wish my TV would break — but if not, I wish there was a reality show about the Burlington music scene. (Watch out “Sarah Palin’s Alaska”!) I wish Beck would produce and play on my new album. I wish the whole world could hear my boyfriend,
Creston Lea, guitar enthusiast Five more parking spots outside the Monkey House, 10 more hours in the day and one Bag of Panties reunion show. Eric Olsen, Swale, Blue Button, James Kochalka Superstar, SAP 1. More time. 2. An agreement that we’ll all slow down at yellow lights rather than speed up. 3. Swale full-length CD. 4. Beatles listening parties with my wife and daughter. 5. Blue Button full-length CD. 6. An agreement that we’ll all rent our movies from Waterfront Video and buy our music at Pure Pop. 7. Even more time.
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actual line from an actual PR blurb describing an actual band actually playing in town next month: “With the coolness of Wilco, the songwriting depth of Bruce springsteen, the pop accessibility of tom petty…” And so on. Seriously? If any of that were true, these guys would be the greatest band in the history of rock, period. They’re not, of course. And no one in his or her right
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As I’ve mentioned in past years, I have a few localmusic-related holiday traditions. The first is that it ain’t Christmas until I’ve heard “Blue Christmas” performed by Brett Hughes and his gang of holiday hillbillies. Hughes’ annual ho-ho-hoedown has changed venues a few times over the years, moving from
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mind would read that and think they were. The folks in question are actually a decent band, though. So how about something like, “Taking sonic cues from Wilco, and thematic inspiration from the likes of Springsteen and Petty … blah, blah, blah.” A little more honest, much less hyperbolic and, not only that, you’ve sparked my interest. (If I’ve sparked yours, the band is
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While we’re on the subject of band promotion, I would also like to see more artists describe themselves honestly. If I read one more PR blast telling me that so-and-so is the next (insert iconic rock star here), I’m going to puke. Here’s an
called skyler and they’ll be at Higher Ground on Sunday, January 9.) I would also like the longawaited “new” album from sWale in my stocking. The one we’ve been waiting on for, like, nine years. Amanda, Eric and Jeremy, I love you. I really, really do. But this is getting silly. A few other albums I’d like to see under the tree: the new nuda Veritas; the forthcoming EP from maryse smith; the soon-to-bereleased “new” death record; the country album eugene hutz was demoing with Brett hughes; a new husBands aka album; anything at all from lendWay; and Blue Button’s debut. I would also like anna pardenik to move back to Vermont, and for the caVe Bees’ steVe tremBlay and reBekah Whitehurst not to leave. I would like MSR Presents and Angioplasty Media to join forces and open their own club in the soon-to-be-vacant Old Navy storefront on Church Street. And for said club to also have a bowling alley. I would like to see sufjan steVens live. Not necessarily in Vermont, though that would be ideal. Along with tom Waits, elVis costello and Bon iVer, he’s one of the only artists left on my rock-androll bucket list. I would like to find a redheaded drummer. And finally, I would like to wish everyone a happy, safe and love-filled holiday season. Oh, and I’d also like a raise. And world peace.
It’s kind of a light week on the local music front, as this year Jesus’ birthday falls on a Saturday, effectively killing an entire weekend normally reserved for rocking and/ or rolling. That’s not to say there aren’t still plenty of options both before and after Christmas to sap whatever entertainment dollars you have left after the annual gift bonanza. And we’ll get to those shortly. Still, with most joints shuttered up Friday and Saturday, the calendar is a bit lean. So, before we delve into the pressing matters of the day, and in the spirit of the season, I’d like to take a minute to offer some suggestions to anyone searching for last-minute gift items for their local music scribe. One, I’m told I’m really difficult to shop for. And two, after compiling the holiday wishes of various members of our local music scene (see page 58), my greed juices are a-flowing. So here goes. This year, I would like to see every band in Vermont have at least one good, visually interesting, high-resolution press photo taken. They don’t have to be professionally done or anything. Just of high enough quality to use in print. It’s 2010, people. You can take high-res pics with any digital camera. There is no excuse not to have a good picture handy. And if you do, you stand a much better chance of one day seeing your smiling — or sneering — mug on these pages. (By the way, “visually interesting” pretty much means not a pic of your band against a brick
wall. Or on train tracks. It’s been done.) And another thing: Should you ever tour this great land of ours and seek publicity in other newspapers, having print-quality pics accessible to my music-crit colleagues in other cities is a good way to get your foot in the door.
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PurPLE Moon Pub: Bruce sklar's Harwood Jazz Workshop (jazz), 7 p.m., Free.
nightCraWLErs: Karaoke with steve Leclair, 7 p.m., Free.
o'briEn's irish Pub: DJ Dominic (hip-hop), 9:30 p.m., Free.
City LiMits: Karaoke with Let it Rock Entertainment, 9 p.m., Free. tWo brothErs tavErn: Open mic Night, 9 p.m., Free.
bEE's knEEs: Birchwood coupe (folk), 7:30 p.m., Donations.
LiFt: DJs P-Wyld & Jazzy Janet (hip-hop), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+.
thE brEWski: comedy Night with Andie Bryan (standup), 7:30 p.m., Free.
Manhattan Pizza & Pub: Open mic with Andy Lugo, 10 p.m., Free.
rusty naiL bar & griLLE: stowe Alumni Night with the Dave Nerbak Band (blues), 10 p.m., $5-10.
MonkEy housE: Beat Vision with DJ Disco Phantom (eclectic DJ), 9 p.m., $1.
thE shED rEstaurant & brEWEry: Taryn Noelle Duo (jazz), 7 p.m., Free.
nECtar's: Brown Gold (Ween tribute), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+.
on taP bar & griLL: Leno & Young (rock), 7 p.m., Free. PariMa aCoustiC LoungE: Kyla Graves with myra Flynn, Lowell Thompson and Justin Levinson (singer-songwriters), 8:30 p.m., $5. raDio bEan: Ensemble V (jazz), 7:30 p.m., Free. irish sessions, 9 p.m., Free. rED squarE: Left Eye Jump (blues), 8 p.m., Free. DJ cre8 (hip-hop), 11 p.m., Free. shELburnE stEakhousE & saLoon: carol Ann Jones (country), 8 p.m., Free.
big PiCturE thEatEr & CaFé: Valley Night with mark Lavoie (blues), 7 p.m., Free. CharLiE o's: The Bucktails (honky-tonk), 8 p.m., Free. grEEn Mountain tavErn: Open mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., Free. LangDon strEEt CaFé: Nutty cracker! An X-mess Tradition (comedy), 7 p.m., Donations. sara Grace (acoustic), 8 p.m., Donations. Jay Ekis & Katie Trautz (acoustic), 9 p.m., Donations.
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onE PEPPEr griLL: Karaoke, 8 p.m., Free. on taP bar & griLL: Left Eye Jump (blues), 7 p.m., Free. PariMa aCoustiC LoungE: Burgundy Thursdays presents the Brett Hughes Holiday show (holiday), 8:30 p.m., $3. raDio bEan: Jazz sessions (jazz), 6 p.m., Free. shane Hardiman Trio (jazz), 9 p.m., Free. The unbearable Light cabaret (eclectic), 10 p.m., $3. Alea Tuttle (singer-songwriter), 10:30 p.m., Free. soul session (soul), 11 p.m., Donations. rasPutin's: 101 Thursdays with Pres & DJ Dan (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. rED squarE: selector Dubee (reggae), 6 p.m., Free. A-Dog Presents (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. rED squarE bLuE rooM: DJ cre8 (house), 9 p.m., Free. rí rá irish Pub: Longford Row (irish), 8 p.m., Free.
shELburnE stEakhousE & saLoon: The Abair Family Holiday show (holiday), 7 p.m., Free.
baCkstagE Pub: Open mic with Jess & Jeff, 8 p.m., Free.
thE skinny PanCakE: Kip de moll (holiday), 8 p.m., $5 donation.
CLub MEtronoME: A Very special Retronome with DJ Fattie B (’80s dance party), 9 p.m., $5.
grEEn Mountain tavErn: Thirsty Thursday Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free.
Franny o's: Balance DJ & Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free.
LangDon strEEt CaFé: Holiday Jazz Party (jazz), 8 p.m., Donations.
thE grEEn rooM: DJ Fattie B (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. haLvorson's uPstrEEt CaFé: Friends of Joe with Dave Grippo & Friends (jazz), 7 p.m., Free. LEunig's bistro & CaFé: mike martin & Geoff Kim (jazz), 7 p.m., Free. LiFt: Get LiFTed with DJs Nastee & Dakota (hip-hop), 9 p.m., Free. MuDDy WatErs: Barika (Afrobeat), 9 p.m., Free.
nutty stEPh's: Bacon Thursdays with Noble savage (electro), 10 p.m., Free. PositivE PiE 2: DJ Ben Arsenal (hip-hop), 10 p.m., $3. PurPLE Moon Pub: chicky stoltz (folk), 7 p.m., Free. sLiDE brook LoDgE & tavErn: Open mic, 7 p.m., Free. DJ Dakota (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.
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together to honor, well, THE BAND. And BOB DYLAN. This Thursday, aka Christmas Eve Eve, at Nectar’s, Wagner, Thompson, D. DAVIS, JOHN RAGONE, RAY PACZKOWSKI, JARED SLOMOFF and STEVE HADEKA join forces to cover the 1974 live collaboration between the Band and Dylan, Before the Flood. Band Name of the Week: JASON CORBIERE’S BLUES
CHRISTMAS. The final piece of my triumvirate of holiday traditions takes place at Nectar’s on Christmas night. It’s a blues jam featuring Corbiere, guitarist DAVE KELLER and my dear old friend, blues harpist GREG IZOR. I go every year, and every year I come away more impressed with Izor’s chops than I was the year before.
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This next “tradition” is still new but promises to become a welcome annual addition to our collective yuletide rockin’. Last year at this time, monster guitarist — and fellow ginger — BOB WAGNER put together an all-star band and paid tribute to THE BEATLES’ Let It Be. This year, he’s getting the band back
And, last but not least, anyone who had “JAMES TAYLOR in Stowe” on their Christmas list must have been extra nice this year. JT will bring the fire and rain to the Aspen of the East on Shopping Friday, December, 31, to help12v-Nectars122210.indd 1 celebrate the grand opening of a brand-spankin’-new venue, the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center.
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’Tis the season for holiday singles, apparently. The latest comes to us from DAN PARKS’ outfit THE BLAME. It’s a rockin’ little rerecording of a 1991 release called “Christmas Eve,” cowritten with MATT VACHON of THE BOOMFLOWERS. The song will eventually appear on the Blame’s forthcoming full-length, but is available for download at theblameonline.com.
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Red Square to Nectar’s to Metronome to the 1/2 Lounge and probably a few other joints I’m forgetting. But it’s as merry a holiday hootenanny as you’ll find. This year should be no exception, as Hughes decks the halls at Parima’s Acoustic Lounge in a very special holiday installment of the ever-popular Burgundy Thursdays series this week. Expect appearances from LILA WEBB, JULIET MCVICKER, MARK RANSOM, MARK and JEFF
area clubs. From blues to bluegrass, Irish to old-time, jam to jazz and even honkytonk, if people play it, there’s probably a session for it somewhere. Now we can add soul music to the list, as Radio Bean has recently unveiled a Thursday-night soul session featuring KAT WRIGHT, WILL LAMB-ORGEL, SHANE HARDIMAN, Bob Wagner, ED GRASMEYER and DAN RYAN.
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And once again, this week’s totally self-indulgent column segment, in which I share a random sampling of what was on my iPod, turntable, CD player, 8-track player, etc., this week.
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BEE'S KNEES: Kelly Ravin (roots), 7:30 p.m., Donations. RIMROCKS MOUNTAIN TAVERN: DJ Two Rivers
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MONOPOLE DOWNSTAIRS: Gary Peacock (singersongwriter), 10 p.m., Free. OLIVE RIDLEY'S: Karaoke with Ben Bright and Ashley Kollar, 6 p.m., Free. Therapy Thursdays with DJ NYCE (Top 40), 10:30 p.m., Free.
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CITY LIMITS: Top Hat Entertainment Dance Party (Top 40), 9 p.m., Free.
RIMROCKS MOUNTAIN TAVERN: Friday Night Frequencies with DJ Rekkon (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.
OLIVE RIDLEY'S: Benjamin Bright (singersongwriter), 6 p.m., Free.
CLUB METRONOME: Retronome (’80s dance party), 10 p.m., $5.
CLUB METRONOME: Black to the Future: an R&B Experience with DJs Craig Mitchell & Dakota (r&b), 10 p.m., Free. MONKEY HOUSE: Holiday Mashup with Zak Lavigne, Arty Lavigne, Mark Christensen, Mike Colbourn, Mike Scott, Chris Simard (singersongwriters), 5 p.m., $3. NECTAR'S: Mi Yard Reggae Night with Big Dog & Demus, 9 p.m., Free. RADIO BEAN: Old Time Sessions (old-time), 1 p.m., Free. Trio Gusto (gypsy jazz), 5 p.m., Free. Greg Izor (blues), 7 p.m., Free. Pink Fury (punk), 11 p.m., Free.
TUPELO MUSIC HALL: Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers (alt-country), 7 p.m., $20.
SWEET CRUNCH BAKESHOP: Clancy Harris (bluegrass), 10 a.m., Free.
JP'S PUB: Dave Harrison's Starstruck Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free.
YE OLDE ENGLAND INNE: Corey Beard, Dan Liptak and Dan Haley (jazz), 11:30 a.m., Free.
CLUB METRONOME: No Diggity: Return to the ’90s (’90s dance party), 9 p.m., $5.
RASPUTIN'S: Nastee (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.
BACKSTAGE PUB: Karaoke with Steve, 9 p.m., Free.
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FRANNY O'S: Balance DJ & Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free.
GRACE POTTER & THE NOCTURNALS are once again headlining a three-night stand at the Higher
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NECTAR'S: Jason Corbiere's Blues Christmas (blues), 9 p.m., Free.
JP'S PUB: Dave Harrison's Starstruck Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free.
RED SQUARE: DJ Raul (salsa), 5 p.m., Free. DJ A-Dog (hip-hop), 11:30 p.m., $3.
LIFT: Salsa Friday with DJ Hector Cobeo (salsa), 9 p.m., Free.
1/2 LOUNGE: Heal-In Sessions with Reverence (reggae), 10 p.m., Free.
NECTAR'S: Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., Free.
CITY LIMITS: Dance Party with DJ Earl (Top 40), 9 p.m., Free.
RASPUTIN'S: DJ ZJ (hip-hop), 10 p.m., $3.
MONKEY HOUSE: The Eeries (rock), 9 p.m., $5.
RED SQUARE: Nastee (hip-hop), 11:30 p.m., $3. RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Stavros (house), 9 p.m., $3. RUBEN JAMES: DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 10:30 p.m., Free. RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB: Supersounds DJ (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free.
GREEN MOUNTAIN TAVERN: DJ Jonny P (Top 40), 9 p.m., $2.
HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: GWAR, The Casualties, Infernaeon, Mobile Death Camp (metal), 7:30 p.m., $23/25. AA.
RIMROCKS MOUNTAIN TAVERN: DJ Two Rivers (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.
ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Open Mic with Wylie, 7 p.m., Free.
RADIO BEAN: Open Mic, 8 p.m., Free.
TABU CAFÉ & NIGHTCLUB: All Night Dance Party with DJ Toxic (Top 40), 5 p.m., Free.
LANGDON STREET CAFÉ: Honky Tonk Happy Hour with the Bucktails (honky-tonk), 6 p.m., Donations.
THE RESERVOIR RESTAURANT & TAP ROOM: DJ Slim Pknz All Request Dance Party (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free.
THE BLOCK GALLERY: Open Mic, 1:30 p.m., Free.
RED SQUARE: Industry Night with Robbie J (hiphop), 8 p.m., Free. Hype 'Em (hip-hop), 11 p.m., Free. ROZZI'S LAKESHORE TAVERN: Trivia Night, 8 p.m., Free. RUBEN JAMES: Why Not Monday? with Dakota (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.
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and lovely, understated pedal-steel work by Gordon Stone. The multitalented McCaffrey also contributes bass, mandolin, fiddle, cello, viola and guitar to the recording. In his spare time, he handled all the engineering duties. McCaffrey’s presence behind the board guarantees sparkling sound, as is the case here. In addition to being a fine songwriter, Casey has a voice that evokes sweet shivers. Appropriately, her vocals are front and center on this recording. With any luck, fans will be able to hear these songs performed live before too long. Patti Casey’s The Heart of a Waiting Boy is available through patticasey.com.
Those waiting for a new recording from talented Vermont nightingale and songwriter Patti Casey can finally exhale. After five years, her fifth CD, The Heart of a Waiting Boy, has arrived. And it boasts enough variety and tasteful playing and singing to please anyone, from the dedicated fan to the newbie listener. In the years since her last recording, The Edge of Grace, Casey has retired from her position as the featured vocalist in the Bluegrass Gospel Project. She is currently a full-time — and by far the loveliest — member of the Woods Tea Company, one of Vermont’s most successful and busiest touring acoustic bands. Casey leads off her new recording with “Wander On, Weary Soul,” the
Full disclosure: I hate bagpipes. Passionately. And I know I’m not alone. If you were to ask an instrument maker what qualities they would specifically avoid when designing a musical instrument, the terms “grating,” “droning” and “off-key even when they’re in tune” would rank high on that list. And yet bagpipes are among the world’s most beloved instruments; a symbol of Celtic pride that makes my Irish blood boil. Or maybe that’s just the whiskey. And so I approach the latest from local “bagpipe rock” outfit Prydein, Heads Up, at a distinct critical disadvantage. Comprising a mix of traditionals reimagined as rock, and a handful of rock covers filtered through a tartan prism, the album balances the band’s affinity for rock and roll with a clear reverence for the Highlands. Though a little more Wolfstone than, say, Dropkick Murphys, Prydein manage a vigorous, kilt-raising romp that will no doubt thrill Celtic-rock fans. The album opens on “Devil’s in the Kitchen,” which features bagpiper Iain MacHarg front and center. His blistering reel takes on an appropriately sinister tone over Aron Garceau’s distorted guitar sustains. Even given my admitted dislike for the instrument, MacHarg’s talent is obvious. He is elite. A souped-up version of the Scottish traditional “Loch Lomond” is next. Garceau’s vocal line is clean and compelling as he soars over a punky arrangement propelled by ace skins man Caleb Bronz’s thundering backbeat and a wall of guitar distortion.
MacHarg proves equally adept with the pennywhistle as he is with bagpipes, effortlessly letting loose with fluttering bursts. Unfortunately, the Scottish-to-rock conversion doesn’t work as cleanly when inverted. A limp cover of the J. Geils Band’s “Centerfold” loses something in the translation from rogue to brogue. Similarly, the band’s formulaic take on “Feelin’ Alright” feels, well, anything but; it lacks the gusto of Traffic’s original, the gritty immediacy of the Joe Cocker version, and the youthful energy of the Jackson Five’s gleeful interpretation. Indeed, Prydein are at their best infusing well-loved traditional music with a sneer. In particular, the medleys “Thyme Changes” and “¼ Short” showcase a clever, rock-informed approach, as does the rousing, metaltinged Irish reel “The Drunken Piper.” An amped-up adaptation of “Whiskey You’re the Devil” — a trad tune popularized by the Clancy Brothers and, more recently, the Pogues — is also indicative of the qualities that makes Celtic rock so appealing: a sensitivity toward source material balanced by a willingness to tease tradition. Bagpipe allergy or not, I’ll drink to that. Prydein appear at the FlynnSpace on Friday, December 31, as part of Burlington’s First Night celebration.
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“Petite” and Philip Koch at Edgewater Gallery
iddlebury’s spacious Edgewater Gallery has a stunning view of the Otter Creek Falls from its back window, and there’s plenty of dramatic work on its walls, as well. The venue is celebrating its one-year anniversary with more than 100 small works in an exhibition aptly titled “Petite.” The show is stylistically eclectic, but the caliber of the work is uniformly high. Boston artist Ellen Rolli paints with heavy impastos and close color harmonies. “Pink Intrusion” is a 12-by-12-inch nonobjective abstraction made with a broad range of reds, from a pink bordering on lilac to a deep, red-wine hue. In the same size, the acrylic-on-canvas “Break Away” presents a field of dark yellows with patches of cerulean blue, red-orange and various greens stirring the atmosphere. Rolli creates lush, bright images using raw colors of similar intensity and value. “Delivering the Hay, Morocco” by Jan Roy of Newburyport, Mass., is a 14-by-14-inch painting that portrays a sandstone escarpment with a tunnel running through it at the lower left of the scene. A truck heaped with hay bales looks tiny in relation to the scale of the mountain. In Roy’s portrayal of mass, context is everything. Juxtaposing the small truck with the broad mountainside makes the whole image seem larger than it is. Janis Sanders is a plein-air painter working in eastern Massachusetts. “Rust & Reflections I, II, III” is a group of three 5-by-5-inch canvases — essentially a triptych, even though the pieces are priced individually. Together they offer a panoramic view across a bog with a channel moving toward the upper right. A crystal-blue sky is reflected in the placid water. There is marsh vegetation the color of straw, and a stand of rust-hued trees at the horizon. Sanders’ palette of just three main colors condenses the landscape into essential shapes and forms. Ellen Welch Granter of Brookline, Mass., paints a lot of birds. Little songbirds are a recurring theme on her web-
“Full Moon” by Philip Koch
THE SHOW IS STYLISTICALLY ECLECTIC, BUT THE CALIBER OF THE WORK IS UNIFORMLY HIGH.
“Pink Intrusion” by Ellen Rolli
site. In the Middlebury show, Granter’s 12-by-12-inch “City Silhouette” presents five songbirds over a gold-leaf background. It’s an elegant composition, with birds dotting the canvas like a little archipelago. In addition to “Petite,” the gallery is presenting an exhibition of 15 paintings by Maryland artist Philip Koch. The featured artist of the month, he’s got
some small works, too. “Full Moon” is a 7-by-10-inch abstract landscape showing moonlight falling across a shoreline. Halos of lunar light hover at upper left, indicating a moon just beyond the borders of the piece. That technique is used again in “The Red Whisper”: The 30-by40-inch oil has an unnatural crimson sky, and its light source hangs directly above a stand of pines centered in the composition. By making light seem to emanate from just beyond the perimeter of his picture, Koch heightens its expressionistic mood. The artist cites Edward Hopper as an influence, but Koch’s work is more mystical. Canadian painter Lawren S. Harris, of the Group of Seven, seems like a
closer match. The firmament of Koch’s 7-by-10-inch oil-on-panel “Northern Sky” is a golden yellow, with strands of gray cirrus cloud wafting over a rocky peninsula. These cloud forms are reflected peacefully in the water. The 16-by-20-inch “Deep Forest Pool” has more traditional autumnal colors of a birch forest in the foreground, but its background is nearly black. White and gray tree trunks hold the composition together like the bones of a skeleton. Edgewater is a dynamic gallery that will most likely continue to show excellent works in its second year. It’s a wellcurated space, and the visual competition of a waterfall nearby shouldn’t be too difficult to overcome. M A R C AWO D EY
“Petite” and Philip Koch at Edgewater Gallery, Middlebury. Through December 31.
AmAndA Feller: Colorful paintings from abstract doodles evocative of cellular creatures. Through January 20 at The Firebird Café in Essex Junction. Info, 630-291-5360. Anzi JAcobs: “Rainbow's End: Irish Landscapes,” western Ireland's moody light presented via photographic images on canvas. Through December 31 at Village Wine & Coffee in Shelburne. Info, 985-3930. Art Hop group sHow: subAru-HyundAi: Paintings and photography on two levels. Through December 30 at Burlington Subaru. Info, 859-9222. 'celebrAte tHe HolidAys': Landscapes and portraits by Carolyn Walton, Gail Bessette, Athenia Schinto and Brenda Myrick. Also, jewelry by Tineke Russell. Through December 30 at Luxton-Jones Gallery in Shelburne. Info, 985-8223. cHris gluck: “Art from Nature,” paintings, leaf mandalas and reeds in shadow boxes by the Vermont artist. Plus, leaf collages by the artist's students, ages 6-12. Greeting cards of the children's work are on sale and benefit Mount Mansfield Union High School's Project Graduation. Through January 30 at New Moon Café in Burlington. Info, 899-3659. clArk derbes: “Quilt Weave,” paintings exploring color and pattern by the Burlington artist. Through January 15 at Shelburne Art Center. Info, 985-3648. december group sHow: Mixed-media paintings, photographic process prints, stained glass, monoprints, acrylic paintings, abstract oil paintings and wood sculptures by Steve Campbell, Isaac Wasuck, Greg Mamczak, Dave Davidson, Kevyn Cundiff, Diane Gabriel, Lorraine Manley, Perry Bartles and Gaal Shepherd. Through December 31 at Maltex Building in Burlington. Info, 865-7166.
cAll to Artists cAlling All snow sculptors: The Burlington Winter Festival is accepting applications for the 2011 Vermont Snow Sculpting Competition. The winning team will represent Vermont at the national competition in Lake Geneva, Wisc., in 2012. Starts February 3, with judging on February 5 during the Burlington Winter Festival. Deadline for applications and competitors’ sketches: January 10. Any interested sculptors should email leanne.galletly@uvm. edu for an application.
HumAn ArtiFAct: Calling for submissions to a juried photography exhibit at the Vermont Photo Space Gallery. Deadline: January 18. Juror: Dave Jordano. Info: vermontphotospace.com/ ex11, info@vermontphoto space.com. FAsHioning pHotogrApHy: Where do art and fashion meet? Are you a part of the next wave? Juried photography exhibit. Juror: Bobby Mozumder. Submission deadline: February 14. vermontphotospace.com/ex12.
'FinissAge': This first annual exhibition will feature works by all the artists who have shown at the SEABA office gallery throughout the year. Curated by the South End Arts and Business Association. Through January 31 at SEABA Gallery in Burlington. Info, 859-9222. 'HolidAy sAmpler exHibit': Paintings, pottery, sculpture and tile work by Joe Dinapoli, H. LaPine and D.L. Sonnett. Through December 24 at Cupola House Gallery in Essex. Info, 518-963-7494. inty & yuAri muenAlA VegA: “Mushuk Pacha | Nuevos Tiempos | New Times,” paintings reflecting the culture of the Kichwa people of the Ecuadorean Andes. Through February 28 at Flynndog in Burlington. Info, 734-5546.
Chris Romano A rainbow cuts through dark clouds over a white church.
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to capture these images. The result? Postcard-perfect photographs of the Vermont documents the changing of seasons, from fall to winter, in the Green Mountains. His
‘An eVening oF HolidAy cHeer’: Local artwork expressing the spirit of the season. Also, a performance at 7:30 p.m. of traditional and contemporary Christmas songs by the South County Chorus and the Hinesburg Artist Series Brass Quintet, directed by Rufus Patrick. Wednesday, December 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m., All Souls Interfaith Gathering, Shelburne. Info, 985-3819.
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Jolene gArAnzHA: Surreal colored-pencil drawings and oil paintings by the Vermont artist. Through December 30 at Vintage Jewelers in Burlington. Info, 862-2233. Jon gregg: Recent works on paper in oil stick with mixed media by the founder of the Vermont Studio Center. Open Saturdays, during MainStage shows and by appointment. Through December 31 at Amy E. Tarrant Gallery, Flynn Center, in Burlington. Info, 652-4505. kAri meyer: Landscape paintings inspired by the Japanese philosophy wabi-sabi, in which beauty is found in imperfection, loneliness, old age and death. Through December 31 at Metropolitan Gallery, Burlington City Hall. Info, 865-7166.
kei egAn: Traditional and magnetic collages with themes of spirituality, childhood, aviation, tranquility and time. Curated by the South End Arts and Business Association. Through February 28 at Pine Street Deli in Burlington. Info, 859-9222.
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kAtHleen berry bergeron: Watercolor paintings of rural Vermont scenes by the Jericho artist. Through February 28 at The Essex Culinary Resort & Spa. Info, 899-4628.
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(1887- 1958) was a prolific and celebrated American artist who was an unparalleled chronicler of American life. From 1924 through 1954, Wortman penned the single panel feature “Metropolitan Movies.” The strip began in the New York World, ran six days a week, and was syndicated to other papers nationwide under the title “Everyday Movies.” An exhibition of Wortman’s work is currently on display at The Museum of the City of New York and Denys Wortman’s New York: Portrait of the City in the 30s and 40s (Drawn & Quarterly Books) has just been published. Wortman’s archive now resides at The Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vt.
“Drawn & Paneled” is a collaboration between Seven Da ys and the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, featuring works by past and present students. These pages are archived at sevendaysvt.com/center-for-cartoon-studies. For more info, visit CCS online at www.cartoonstudies.org.
BURLINGTON-AREA ART SHOWS
Kimberlee Forney: Original paintings and prints of romantic scenes, dragonflies and more. Through December 31 at Candles & Creations in Burlington. Info, 660-8021. lynn rupe: Art Affair by Shearer presents paintings of sheep by the Vermont artist. Through December 31 at Shearer Chevrolet in South Burlington. Info, 658-1111. 'maKe art, repeat': The group show that began at S.P.A.C.E. and Backspace galleries has moved and picked up a few more artists. Alecia Geno, Ashley Roark, Christy Mitchell, Greg Mamczak, Adam DeMasi, Clark Derbes and Carleen Zimbalati explore the theme of repetition in silk-screen prints, paintings, mixed media and light-andshadow installations. Curated by the South End Arts and Business Association. Through February 26 at VCAM Studio in Burlington. Info, 859-9222. matthew thorsen: Photographs by the Vermont artist. Through December 31 at Red Square in Burlington. Info, 318-2438. megan lipKe: “Faith and Error,” new abstract paintings inspired by the topography of the body and the environment. Through January 2 at 215 College Gallery in Burlington. Info, 863-3662. mr. masterpiece: “Elephant in the Room,” Ganesha studies and drawings. Through January 10 at Muddy Waters in Burlington. Info, 399-9511. reid crosby: “Layers,” acrylic paintings by the Vermont artist. Through January 31 at Artspace 106 at The Men's Room in Burlington. Info, 864-2088. roger coleman: Mixed-media abstract paintings, Skyway; diane gabriel: color photographs, Gates 1 & 2; greg mamczaK: oil on canvas, Escalator. Through December 31 at Burlington Airport in South Burlington. Info, 865-7166. sareet rosenstein: “Why Did You Just Take a Photo of That?” a personal perspective on what gets interpreted through the lens of her camera in everyday life. Curated by the South End Arts and Business Association. Through February 28 at Speeder & Earl's (Pine Street) in Burlington. Info, 859-9222.
'shadows oF the samurai': Armor, swords, prints, masks and other artifacts representing Japanese warrior traditions. Through May 11 at Fleming Museum, UVM, in Burlington. Info, 656-0750.
'small worKs': Work by local artists that is no bigger than 12 inches. Through December 29 at S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington. Info, 578-2512.
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world war ii photographs: An exhibit of some 150 captioned photographs from the U.S. War Department. The photos belonged to congregant Ivan Pels' father, who started and edited an employee magazine at the war plant where he worked. They sat in a drawer for more than 50 years. Through December 23 at Ohavi Zedek Synagogue in Burlington. Info, 862-6052.
2010 holiday show: An eclectic mix of art and craft by Mark Goodwin, Arlene Grossman, Cristina Salusti, Nancy H. Taplin, Annie Witte, Jose Benitez Sanchez, Pat Dipaula Klein and Bhakti Ziek. Through February 13 at BigTown Gallery in Rochester. Info, 767-9670. art resource association members' exhibit: Work in a variety of media by central Vermont artists. Also at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Through January 3 at City Center in Montpelier. Info, 485-8056. cara Joy: “Joyful Hearts,” acrylic on canvas. Through December 31 at The Shoe Horn at Onion River in Montpelier. Info, 223-5454. carolyn enz hacK: “More Shocking Art,” new paintings and mixed-media works by the Vermont artist. Through December 30 at Supreme Court Lobby in Montpelier. Info, 828-0749. 'celebrate!': The annual holiday members' show features fine art and functional crafts by 90 area artists. Through December 31 at Studio Place Arts in Barre. Info, 479-7069. cheryl daye dicK: Fall and winter Vermont landscapes by the Middlesex artist. Through December 31 at Red Hen Bakery & Café in Middlesex. Info, 223-0309. george lawrence & Jacquelyn Jimoi: “Two Views,” landscape paintings and pastels by the husband-and-wife artists. Through February 12 at Tunbridge Public Library. Info, 889-9404. JenniFer palKowsKi & robyn peirce: “Rock, Paper, Nature,” mixed-media nature studies and more by the Vermont artists. Through December 31 at Capitol Grounds in Montpelier. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Katherine washburn: Pet- and nature-inspired ceramics by the Stowe artisan. Through December 30 at The Cheshire Cat in Montpelier. Info, 223-1981. GRADUATE PROGRAMS
CENTRAL VT ART SHOWS
steve budington: “Homunculus,” paintings and three-dimensional work depicting bodies that unravel, fly apart and merge with prosthetic technology, from GORE-TEX to iPods. Through January 1 at Firehouse Gallery in Burlington. Info, 865-7166.
vermont photo group show: Fifteen photographs, primarily landscapes, by 7 members of the group. Through January 2 at Mirabelles in Burlington. Info, 985-3930.
'simple giFts: a show For all seasons': Watercolor paintings of pears by Kate Hartley. Also, work by Mary Alcantara, Elizabeth Allen, Anne Austin, Annelein Beukenkamp, Matt Brown, Tom Dunne, Jeri Lynn Eisenberg, Steven P. Goodman, Holly Hauser, Kathleen Kolb, Alice Murdoch, Lynn Rupe, Gail Salzman, David Smith, Adelaide Murphy Tyrol, Laura Von Rosk, Barbara Wagner, Dick Weis and Nancy Weis. Until December 24, the gallery will donates 5 percent of sales to the Vermont Foodbank. Through January 29 at Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne. Info, 985-3848.
'vermont landscapes in blacK & white': Photography by Ashley Arcury, Jeff Clarke, Natalie Stultz and Katelyn Ziegler. Through February 28 at Shelburne Vineyard. Info, 985-8222.
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shaun boyce: Abstract line painting, Bar; beth netelKos: painting, Dining Room; michael mooney: mixed-media abstracts, Greenhouse. Through December 31 at The Daily Planet in Burlington. Info, 862-9647.
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'thinK outside the box': A holiday market of paintings, photography, ceramics and more by Vermont artisans. Through December 31 at Block Gallery & Coffeehouse in Winooski. Info, 373-5150. vermont artists show: Paintings, sculpture and photography by Sean Dye, Kevin Fahey, Britta Johnson, Clark Russell, Woody Jackson, Anne Cady, Meryl Lebowitz, Gillian Klein, Rai del Noce Senior, Kate Longmaid, Gary Hall, Mikey Welsh, Clark Derbes, Stu Williams and Mr. Masterpiece. Through December 31 at Burlington Furniture Company. Info, 862-5056.
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seth butler: “Tattered: Investigation of an American Icon,” a documentary photography exhibit investigating use and desecration of the American flag. Print sales benefit The Veterans' Place in Northfield. Through January 10 at Reciprocity Studio in Burlington. Info, 318-8594.
street photography exhibit: “Scene on the Street,” candid shots by 24 photographers, including locals Denise Trotier Johnson and Paul Dandurand. Through January 7 at Vermont Photo Space Gallery in Essex Junction. Info, 777-3686.
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Mark Chaney: “Guiding Light,” digital photographs that have been layered and blended to create optical illusions in a technique called triptography. Through January 31 at The Skinny Pancake in Montpelier. Info, 445-5123. 'PhotograPhers' showCase': Work by Mark Council, Cynthia Crawford, Chris Esten, Medora Hebert, Carla Kimball, Rosamond Orford, David Putnam, Rob Strong, Ryan Vahey and David Westby. Through December 22 at PHOTOSTOP in White River Junction. Info, 698-0320. ray Brown: New paintings inspired by a recent trip to Italy. Through December 31 at The Drawing Board in Montpelier. Info, 223-2902.
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VerMont Pastel soCiety's Juried exhiBition: An annual show of landscapes, portraiture and abstract images by members of the organization. Through January 26 at Governor's Office Gallery in Montpelier. Info, 828-5657.
Zoë BarraCano: “NYC Rainy Day,” images of the city through a blur of motion as the Burlington photographer travels along Broadway from Times Square to Houston Street. Through December 31 at Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio in Montpelier. Info, 229-4676.
CaMeron sChMitZ: “Moving Still,” photographs based on chance and place that appear to be painterly abstractions. Through January 1 at Inn at Baldwin Creek & Mary's Restaurant in Bristol. Info, 870-7006. CaMeron sChMitZ: Large-scale figurative oil paintings, silk-screen prints and intaglio etchings by the Vermont artist. Through January 7 at WalkOver Gallery & Concert Room in Bristol. Info, 453-3188. eMily Beth errion: Handcrafted silver jewelry and etched glassware by the Vermont artist. Through February 28 at Gallery 160 in Richmond. Info, 434-6434.
Jon olsen & Casey MCMains: “Glow,” photography of Vermont landscapes, flora and fauna by Olsen, and blown glass, including traditional globe holiday ornaments and other works incorporating knit fiber elements, by McMains. Through December 31 at Art on Main in Bristol. Info, 453-4032. 'Petite': Small works, featuring a watercolor by Mary Whyte, a South Carolina artist known for her depictions of the African American Gullah women of Johns Island. Through December 31 at Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury. Info, 458-0098. PhiliP KoCh: Romantic landscape paintings by the Maryland-based artist. Through December 31 at Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury. Info, 458-0098. siMon Peterson: “Exposed,” photographs of extreme skiing and winter mountain vistas, from Alaska to Switzerland, by the photo editor of Backcountry and Alpinist magazines. Through January 15 at Liza Myers Gallery in Brandon. Info, 247-5229. 'the sPirit of the season': Artwork and handcrafted holiday ornaments, offered for $200 or less, by members of the Brandon Artists Guild. Through December 31 at Brandon Artists' Guild. Info, 247-4956. 'two shirleys and a Jessie': Photographs, pastels and oil paintings by Jessie Reid Bradley, Shirley Reid Thompson and Shirley Reid. Through January 2 at Charlotte Senior Center. Info, 425-3815. VerMont artists show: Sculpture by Kathy Stockman, art quilts by Joanne Guillemette, wool quilts by Hope Johnson and more. Through December 31 at Rae Harrell Gallery in Hinesburg. Info, 734-7363. warren KiMble: Contemporary abstracted paintings from the artist's “Let the Sun Shine” and “Widows of War” collections. Through December 31 at The Gallery at Brandon Music. Info, 465-4071. winter MeMbers' exhibit and GinGerbread Contest: Small works by member artists. Also, the annual Gingerbread Contest includes handmade creations. Through December 31 at Chaffee Art Center in Rutland. Info, 775-0356.
ann younG: Oil paintings capturing a sense of mystery in people's everyday activities. Through January 10 at Claire's Restaurant & Bar in Hardwick. Info, 472-7053. Carolyn droGe: “Portraits,” oil paintings of dairy cows. Through January 17 at Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery in Stowe. Info, 253-1818.
deCeMber GrouP show: Work by Harald Aksdal, Kirsten Doolan, Nancy Hayden, Lorraine Pike and Kasia Szabo. Through December 25 at Artist in Residence Cooperative Gallery in Enosburg Falls. Info, 933-6403.
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'holiday sMall PiCture show': Small works by member artists, including nationally recognized painter Tom Nicholas. Through December 31 at Vermont Fine Art Gallery in Stowe. Info, 279-0332. Katie Crown: A collection of black-and-white drawings and paintings creating a two-dimensional assemblage of nostalgic circumstances. Through January 12 at Green Goddess Café in Stowe. Info, 734-7134. 'sMall PiCtures': The 14th annual exhibit features more than 250 paintings by artists including Annelein Beukenkamp, Beth McAdams, Ginette Pariseau, Jeanette Fournier, John Wagner, Kathleen Manley, Kathrena Ravenhorst Adams, Ken Morris and Wendy James. Through December 23 at Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville. Info, 644-5100. wendy JaMes: In her recent oil paintings, the Vermont artist makes use of unusual viewpoints, exaggerated angles and vivid color to offer a fresh look at tire tracks in snow, telephone wires, a game of Scrabble and dishwashing. Through December 23 at Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville. Info, 644-5100.
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Catherine hall: “Les lapin magasinent,” an installation of mixed-media bunny “shoppers.” Through December 31 at Galerie Maison Kasini in Montréal. Info, 514-448-4723. 'franK stella: irreGular PolyGons': An exhibit marking the museum's 25th anniversary presents one of each of the artist's 11 monumental compositions for his 1965-66 series, along with preparatory drawings and other works. Through March 31 at Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H. Info, 603-646-2808.
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Jenny Qian: “Basic Space,” painting and installation by the Dartmouth College studio art intern. Through February 7 at Barrows Exhibition Rotunda, Hopkins Center, in Hanover, N.H. Info, 603-646-3651. 'MarKinG tiMe': The Guild of Book Workers presents a traveling exhibition in the Baker-Berry Library, including traditional and contemporary bindings in codex format, complex folded structures, wooden constructions, handheld toys and sculptural objects. Through March 20 at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. Info, 603-646-3998.
'festiVe fine art for the holidays': One-of-a-kind works by multiple artists. Through December 23 at Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho. Info, 899-3211.
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'festiVal of trees & liGht and MeMbers art show': Ten Fraser firs decorated by community members, a menorah display by the Jewish Community of Greater Stowe and artwork in a variety of media by Vermont artists. Through January 2 at Helen Day Art Center in Stowe. Info, 253-8358.
elizabeth nelson: Northeast Kingdom landscape paintings. Through January 10 at Bee's Knees in Morrisville. Info, 888-7889.
'heart sized: sMall fraMed worKs by fiVe woMen worKinG in VerMont': Landscapes by Bonnie Acker; paintings of monster finger puppets by Kathy Black; layered drawings by Katie Crown; paintings capturing a sense of place by Liz Kauffman; and ambient paintings of Mexico, Newfoundland and the western U.S. by Julie Ruth. Through December 31 at River Arts Center in Morrisville. Info, 888-1261.
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Chris roMano: “Transitions,” a visual journey from fall to winter in the Green Mountains by the Stowe photographer. Through December 31 at Townsend Gallery at Black Cap Coffee in Stowe. Info, 279-4239.
handMade JudaiCa show: Original religious art by contemporary artists, including menorahs in a variety of styles and a clay-and-glass mosaic depicting the Bible story of Joseph's colorful coat. Through December 31 at Stowe Craft & Design. Info, 253-7677.
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forrest holzaPfel: “A Deep Look at a Small Town,” black-and-white photographs of Marlboro residents accompanied by audio interviews with each family conducted by the Vermont artist. Through December 31 at Municipal Building in Fairfield. Info, 827-3945.
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movies True Grit ★★★
t goes without saying that Joel and Ethan Coen’s update of the 1969 western that earned John Wayne his solitary Oscar represents a departure in approach, interpretation and tone. On the surface, Charles Portis’ 1968 novel would seem ripe for the brothers’ patented plucking. Yet, while they make a movie more suited to our time, the Coens haven’t quite made one likely to outlast it. Confoundingly, the book’s dark humor continues to elude attempts at screen adaptation. The film has its share of nice touches, yet it fails to rank with the brothers’ top-notch stuff. Not that the Coens haven’t assembled an A-team on all fronts. Cinematographer Roger Deakins is a high priest of his profession and, after so many collaborations, can probably pretty much read the fraternal filmmakers’ minds. He does sublime work here. True Grit is something to see, even if not every minute is worth watching. Likewise, Carter Burwell’s score is a thing of transcendent, evocative beauty. The heavily styled dialogue, as adapted by the brothers, preserves Portis’ odd formality (in the 1870s, the contraction evidently had yet to be invented). But, again, it mysteriously
drains all but trace elements of the author’s wry wit. Then there’s the cast, several members of which have appeared in previous Coen productions. The performances they give this time around pale beside their past work. Jeff Bridges’ iconic Dude, for example, is in no danger of being eclipsed by his capable but familiar Rooster Cogburn. The actor plays the irascible lawman and drunkard essentially as an older, grumpier version of the country singer and drunkard Bad Blake, his Oscar-winning role in last year’s Crazy Heart. Newcomer Hailee Steinfeld more than holds her own as Mattie Ross, the Arkansas 14-year-old who hires Cogburn to bring her father’s murderer to justice. Accompanying the pair on their perilous trek through Choctaw territory is a Texas Ranger named LaBoeuf, played by Matt Damon. The actor is game and does his darnedest to embody the character the Coens want as a foil to Cogburn. The problem is, they seem to have been unable to make up their minds about just what sort of character that is. One minute LaBoeuf is spying on the young girl as she sleeps and pervily speaking of “stealing a kiss.” The next, he’s the Dudley
GIRL TROUBLE Steinfeld stars as a 14-year-old who hires an ornery lawman to bring her father’s killer to justice in this remake by the Coens.
Do-Right of the bunch, singing the praises of his carbine and spouting the Ranger motto like a tumbleweed Boy Scout. Their manhunt has its high points, including a run-in with cohorts of their quarry and a shoot-out with a notorious gang. (Barry Pepper plays its leader and, I swear, looks like he’s had plastic surgery to turn him into Harry Dean Stanton. It’s a good look for him.) These scenes are Wild West fun, but hardly classic movie moments. That’s the thing about True Grit. Compare it with a Coen masterpiece like No Country for Old Men and you’ll see what I mean: There’s more suspense, mystery and poetry in the scene where Javier Bardem flips a coin and orders the gas station owner to “call it” than in this entire picture. Great care clearly went into its making. Great cin-
ema simply proved beyond its makers’ grasp. I am customarily pleased as punch to watch Josh Brolin at work, but he, too, has been far finer in front of the Coens’ camera. His Tom Chaney — the killer whose entrance comes some 80-plus minutes into the picture — is a generic frontier miscreant so sketchily conceived that the viewer is unlikely to feel much invested in the character’s fate. The film’s final moments border on the anticlimactic. Good guys, bad guys — ultimately, they’re all merely footnotes in the sprawling volume of the brothers’ filmography. It required a degree of artistic grit to remake a chestnut as beloved as this one, and the Coens gave it a hell of a shot. In this case, unfortunately, their aim wasn’t true. RICK KISONAK
Black Swan ★★★★★
y taste for the horror genre developed young when someone made the mistake of giving me an illustrated book of stories from classic ballets. From the goth waifs of Giselle to the living puppets of Petrushka, each tale offered something creepier than the last. I was especially riveted by the demise of Odette in Swan Lake, an enchanted swan maiden who loses her last chance to be human when her prince dances off with her evil double. The final picture showed the heroine embracing death, roiling waters closing over her plumage. I never saw a production of Swan Lake that haunted me like that image, or like Tchaikovsky’s score for the final scene. Until now. Of course, Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan isn’t a filmed ballet, though it does feature dancing from stars Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis and their professional ballerina doubles and ravishing, lurid stage costumes by Rodarte. It’s a ballet horror movie. Think the nightmarish ballet from The Red Shoes extended to feature length, or Dario Argento’s Suspiria with more dancing. I would hesitate to recommend Black Swan to any dance fan who can’t stand the work of the two demented Davids, Cronenberg and
Lynch. But the only monster in it is the specter that looms over ballet and so many other artistic pursuits: the pursuit of perfection. Portman plays Nina, a member of a New York company who’s never been able to snag the leading roles both she and her mom (Barbara Hershey), a former dancer, desperately want for her. “I want to be perfect,” Nina tells the company’s director (Vincent Cassel), when he warns her he doesn’t think she’s capable of embodying both Odette and her sexy double, the Black Swan. His reply seals Nina’s fate: “Perfection’s not just about control. It’s also about letting go.” When Nina meets a potential rival, a tattooed dancer who does “let go” (Mila Kunis), her transformation begins. But Kunis isn’t her only counterpart (and possible antagonist). Though Nina seems like a sheltered child, she spends her life in terror, spying Swan Lake’s evil magician everywhere — in her smothering mother, in the lecherous director, in a jealous, aging prima ballerina — maybe even in herself. As he did in The Wrestler, Aronofsky spends a lot of time following his protagonist, sticking the camera practically on Portman’s shoulder. (No wonder Nina is paranoid.) But when the actress faces us, she shows a depth and rawness of emotion we haven’t seen
SPLITTING IMAGE Portman finds herself literally cracking up in Aronofsky’s ballet thriller.
from her before. And when she finally dances the title role, the result is an unforgettable scene in which staging, music, costuming, art direction and performance unite to produce something like a waking dream. Black Swan detractors say it’s a melodrama on well-trodden themes. I agree. Tales of the self-tortured, sexually repressed artist have been with us since before Swan
Lake was composed; they probably inspired some of those death-obsessed ballets. But, by taking the artist’s mad pursuit seriously and granting us feverish glimpses of the transcendence she seeks, Aronofsky gives Portman her most convincing role (for my money, one of her only convincing roles). He also lifts camp to the level of art. M A R G O T HA R R I S O N
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GUlliVER’S tRAVElS: Jonathan Swift gets only the third writing credit on this family comedy updating his classic, with Jack Black as the traveler who lands on a strange island and finds himself grappling with major culture shock. Rob (Monsters vs. Aliens) directs. With Emily Blunt, Jason Segel and Amanda Peet. (85 min, PG. Bijou, Essex [3-D], Majestic [3-D], Palace) tHE KiNG’S SpEEcH: Critics have predicted Oscars for this period piece about how England’s newly crowned George VI (Colin Firth) found a strong voice with the help of an oddball speech therapist (Geoffrey Rush). The rating is for naughty language, which figures in his therapy. With Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce and Derek Jacobi. Tom (The Damned United) Hooper directs. (118 min, R. Roxy) littlE FocKERS: Ben Stiller strives once again to prove his manhood to father-in-law Robert DeNiro in the second sequel to comedy hit Meet the Parents, this time with his offspring getting in the way. With Blythe Danner, Owen Wilson, Jessica Alba and Barbra Streisand. Paul (About a Boy) Weitz directs. (98 min, PG-13. Bijou, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Palace, Paramount, Roxy, Stowe, Welden) SWEEtGRASS: Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Ilisa Barbash spent three summers in the Rockies to make this documentary about the annual process of herding thousands of sheep 200 miles. (101 min, NR. Savoy) tRUE GRitHHH The latest from Joel and Ethan Coen is a remake of the 1969 western classic, with Jeff Bridges in the John Wayne role of a U.S. Marshal who reluctantly helps a teen track down her father’s killer. With Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld and Josh Brolin. (110 min, PG-13. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Palace, Roxy, Stowe, Welden)
127 HoURSHHHH1/2 James Franco stars in this dramatization of the story of Aron Ralston, a Utah hiker who found himself literally between a rock and a hard place in 2003. Danny (Slumdog Millionaire) Boyle directs. With Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara. (93 min, R. Palace)
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KiNGS oF pAStRYHHH1/2 Foodie film alert! This documentary from D.A. Pennebacker (of Don’t Look Back fame) follows Chicago master pastry chef Jacquy Pfeiffer as he returns home to France to compete for a coveted culinary title. (84 min, NR. Savoy; ends 12/23) loVE AND otHER DRUGSHHH A commitmentphobic young woman (Anne Hathaway) hooks up with an equally relationship-averse pharmaceutical salesman (Jake Gyllenhaal) in this maybe-andmaybe-not romantic comedy from director Edward (Defiance) Zwick. With Judy Greer and Oliver Platt. (113 min, R. Roxy; ends 12/24) mEGAmiNDHHH Despicable Me was a hit. Will 2010’s second computer-animated sendup of the superhero genre be one, too? In this DreamWorks offering, Will Ferrell voices the angsty supervillain, Brad Pitt is his square-jawed nemesis, and Tina Fey is the love interest. Tom (Madagascar) McGrath directs. (96 min, PG. Essex [3-D]; ends 12/24)
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tRoN: lEGAcYHH1/2 Disney’s Tron (1982) was a milestone of sorts: an adventure set inside a computer at a time when the computers available to generate that kind of imagery boasted about 2MB of RAM. In the long-delayed sequel, our hacker hero’s son (Garrett Hedlund) goes after Dad (Jeff Bridges), who’s still stuck in the cyberworld he created. With Olivia Wilde and Bruce Boxleitner. Joseph Kosinski directs. (127 min, PG. Big Picture, Bijou, Essex [3-D], Majestic [3-D], Marquis, Palace, Paramount, Welden)
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tHE SociAl NEtWoRKHHH Director David Fincher and writer Aaron Sorkin retell the story of Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg), the college kid who invented Facebook and became richer than most of us put together. With Justin Timberlake, Andrew Garfield and Rashida Jones. (120 min, PG-13. Palace) tANGlEDHHH1/2 The tale of Rapunzel lets down its hair and goes 21st century in this Disney animation about a rakish bandit who finds himself in the clutches of a bored, tower-bound teenager with 70 feet of hair. With the voices of Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi. Nathan Greno and Byron Howard direct. (100 min, PG. Bijou, Essex [3-D], Majestic [3-D])
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HoW Do YoU KNoWHH1/2 Pro softball player Reese Witherspoon and business guy Paul Rudd meet on the worst days of their respective lives in this romantic comedy from James L. (As Good As It Gets) Brooks. With Owen Wilson and Jack Nicholson. (116 min, PG-13. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Stowe)
HARRY pottER AND tHE DEAtHlY HAlloWS: pARt 1HHH It’s that time again. No, not for turkey, but for fighting He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named (Ralph Fiennes) with quasi-Latin incantations in the company of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, et al., and if you don’t already know the plot, you’ll never be able to catch up at this point. This installment is not in 3-D, as was originally announced. David Yates, who directed the last two Potters, is back. (147 min, PG-13. Essex, Majestic)
tHE cHRoNiclES oF NARNiA: tHE VoYAGE oF tHE DAWN tREADERHH1/2 Two and a half years after Prince Caspian, Walden Media carries on with its adaptations of C.S. Lewis’ classic fantasies, which have so far resisted attempts to transform them into a Christian-friendly version of Harry Potter. This one involves an eventful sea trip to the end of the world. Do your kids a favor and read them the book first. With Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Ben Barnes and Will Poulter. Michael (49 Up) Apted directs. (115 min, PG. Big Picture, Bijou, Capitol, Essex [3-D], Majestic [3-D], Marquis, Palace, Welden)
tHE FiGHtERHHHH Mark Wahlberg fights to win a boxing championship with the help of his dissolute half-brother (Christian Bale) in this sports/family drama from David O. (Three Kings) Russell. With Amy Adams, Melissa Leo and lots of Massachusetts vowels. (114 min, R. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Roxy)
BlAcK SWANHHHH1/2 A sheltered ballerina (Natalie Portman) gets the role of a lifetime and finds it’s tearing her apart in this psychological thriller from director Darren (The Wrestler) Aronofsky. With Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel and Barbara Hershey. (110 min, R. Roxy, Savoy)
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wednesday 22 — thursday 30 *Gulliver’s travels Starts Wed 29: 1:10, 3:30, 6:40, 8:30. *Little Fockers 1:30 & 4 (except Wed & Sat), 7 & 9 (except Fri). *true Grit Starts Fri: 1:10 & 3:30 (except Sat), 6:40 & 9 (except Fri). tRoN: Legacy 1:20 & 3:40 (except Wed & Sat), 6:50 & 9 (except Fri). Yogi Bear Wed-Fri: 1 & 3:30 (except Wed), 6:30 & 8 (except Fri). Sat-Thu: 1 (except Sat), 6:30. The chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn treader Wed-Fri: 1:10 & 3:50 (except Wed), 6:40 & 9 (except Fri). Sat-Thu: 3:50 (except Sat), 8. No evening shows on Friday, December 24; doors open at 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 25. Visit www. sevendaysvt.com for complete showtimes for Wednesday, December 29, and Thursday, December 30.
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*true Grit 1:30 (except Wed), 6:30, 9. How Do You Know 1:30 (except Wed), 6:30, 9. Yogi Bear (3-D) 1:30 (except Wed), 6:30, 9. The tourist 1:30 (except Wed), 6:30, 9. The chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn treader 1:30 (except Wed), 6:30, 9. saturday 25 — thursday 30 *true Grit 1:30, 6:30, 9. The Fighter 1:30, 6:30, 9. How Do You Know 1:30,
6:30, 9. Yogi Bear (3-D) 1:30, 6:30. The tourist 1:30, 6:30, 9. The chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn treader 9. Closed Friday, December 24, 4 p.m., through Saturday, December 25, 5:30 p.m.
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wednesday 22 — thursday 23 *Little Fockers 12:30, 2:50, 5, 7:25, 9:45. *true Grit 12:20, 2:45, 5:10, 7:35, 10. The Fighter 1, 4, 7:20, 9:50. How Do You Know 1:10, 4:10, 7:15, 9:55. tRoN: Legacy (3-D) 12:45, 3:45, 7:20, 10. Yogi Bear (3-D) 12:20, 2:30, 4:50, 7:15. The chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn treader (3-D) 2:30, 7:35, 10. The tourist 12:15, 2:45, 5:10, 7:30, 9:50. tangled (3-D) 12:10, 5. megamind (3-D) 12:10, 2:25, 4:45, 7:05, 9:25. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 9:15. friday 24 *Little Fockers 12:30, 3. *true Grit 12:20, 3:15. The Fighter 12:40, 3:20. How Do You Know 12:50, 3:30. tRoN: Legacy (3-D) 12:45, 3:30. Yogi Bear (3-D) 12:20. The chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn treader (3-D) 3:10. The tourist 12:15, 3:10. tangled (3-D) 12:10. megamind (3-D) 12:10, 2:50. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 2:45. saturday 25 *Gulliver’s travels (3-D) 2:20, 4:50, 7:15, 9:30. *Little Fockers 2:25, 5, 7:25, 9:45. *true Grit 2:45, 5:10, 7:35, 10. The Fighter 3:20, 7:20, 9:55. How Do You Know 3:45, 7:15, 9:55. tRoN: Legacy (3-D) 3:30, 7:20, 10. Yogi Bear (3-D) 2:15, 4:45, 7:10. The chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn treader (3-D) 2:30, 7:25. The tourist 2:50, 5:10, 7:30, 9:50. tangled (3-D) 5, 9:50. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 9:20. sunday 26 — thursday 30 *Gulliver’s travels (3-D) 12:25, 2:40, 4:50, 7:30, 9:30. *Little Fockers 12:30, 2:50, 5, 7:25, 9:45. *true Grit 12:20, 2:45, 5:10, 7:35, 10. The Fighter 1, 4, 7:20, 9:50. How Do You Know 1:10, 4:10, 7:15, 9:55. tRoN: Legacy (3-D) 12:45, 3:45, 7:20, 10. Yogi Bear (3-D) 12:20, 2:30, 4:50, 7:15. The chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn treader (3-D)
movies 2:30, 7:35, 10. The tourist 12:15, 2:45, 5:10, 7:30, 9:50. tangled (3-D) 12:10, 5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 9:15.
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wednesday 22 — thursday 23 *Little Fockers 12, 1:30, 2:20, 3:50, 4:40, 6:10, 7:10, 8:30, 9:35. *true Grit 1:10, 4, 6:50, 9:25. The Fighter 12:50, 3:40, 6:45, 9:30. How Do You Know 12:40, 3:30, 6:40, 9:20. tRoN: Legacy (3-D) 1, 4:10, 6, 7, 8:45, 9:45. Yogi Bear (3-D) 12:10, 2:15, 4:20, 6:20, 8:35. The chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn treader (3-D) 12:30, 3:20, 6:30. The tourist 1:20, 4:30, 7:15, 9:40. tangled (3-D) 12:20, 3:10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 8:35. friday 24 *Little Fockers 12, 1:30, 2:20, 3:50. *true Grit 1:10, 3:55. The Fighter 12:50, 3:40. How Do You Know 12:40, 3:30. tRoN: Legacy (3-D) 1, 3:45. Yogi Bear (3-D) 12:10, 2:15, 4:20. The chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn treader (3-D) 12:30, 3:20. The tourist 1:20, 4:05. tangled (3-D) 11:30 a.m., 1:45, 4. saturday 25 *Gulliver’s travels (3-D) 6:20, 8:20. *Little Fockers 6, 7:15, 8:20, 9:35. *true Grit 6:30, 9:15. The Fighter 7:10, 9:40. How Do You Know 6:40, 9:20. tRoN: Legacy (3-D) 7, 8:50, 9:45. Yogi Bear (3-D) 6:05, 8:10. The chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn treader (3-D) 6:10. The tourist 6:50, 9:30. sunday 26 — tuesday 28 *Gulliver’s travels (3-D) 11:05 a.m., 1:10, 3:10, 5:10, 7:20, 9:25. *Little Fockers 11 a.m., 1:20, 3:40, 6:20, 7:15, 8:40, 9:35. *true Grit 12:50, 4, 6:30, 9:15. The Fighter 1:45, 4:20, 7:10, 9:40. How Do You Know 12:40, 3:20, 6:40, 9:20. tRoN: Legacy (3-D) 1, 4:10, 6:10, 7, 8:50, 9:45. Yogi Bear (3-D) 11:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m. (2-D), 1:30, 3:30, 6, 8. The chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn treader (3-D) 11:10 a.m., 4:45, 9:55. The tourist 1:15, 4:30, 6:50, 9:30. tangled (3-D) 11:20 a.m., 1:35, 3:50. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 1:40.
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wednesday 22 — thursday 30 *Little Fockers 12 (Sun-Thu 30 only), 2:30 (Thu 23 & Sun-Thu 30 only), 4:30 (Thu 23 only), 7, 9 (except Sat).
*true Grit Sat: 7. Sun-Thu: 12, 3, 6:30, 9. tRoN: Legacy (3-D) 4 (Thu 23 & Sun-Thu 30 only), 7 (Sat only), 9 (except Sat). Yogi Bear 12 (SunThu 30 only), 2 (Thu 23 & Sun-Thu 30 only), 6:30. The chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn treader 1:30 & 4 (Thu 23 only), 4:30 (Sun-Thu 30 only), 6:30 & 9 (Wed 22 & Thu 23 only). Closed Friday, December 24.
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wednesday 22 — thursday 30 *The King’s Speech Starts Sat: 1:25 (except Sat), 4, 6:30, 8:45. *Little Fockers 1:05 (except Sat), 3:05 (all week), 5:05 & 7 & 9:20 (except Fri). *true Grit 1:10 (except Sat), 3:30 (all week), 6:50 & 9:25 (except Fri). Black Swan 1 (except Sat), 3 (all week), 5 & 7:10 & 9:15 (except Fri). The Fighter 1:15 (except Sat), 3:45 (all week), 6:40 & 9:10 (except Fri). The tourist 1:20 (except Sat), 3:35 (all week), 6:20 & 8:30 (except Fri). Love and other Drugs Wed 22 & Thu 23: 1:25, 4:10, 6:30, 8:45. Fri 24: 1:25, 4:10.
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wednesday 22 — thursday 23 *Little Fockers 12, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:20. *true Grit 12:40, 3:30, 6:45, 9:30. The Fighter 1, 3:35, 6:50, 9:25. How Do You Know 10:30 a.m. (Thu only), 1:15, 3:50, 6:55, 9:30. tRoN: Legacy 12:50, 3:40, 6:30, 9:15. Yogi Bear 10:30 a.m. (Thu only), 12:25, 2:30, 4:35, 6:40. The chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn treader 1:10, 3:45, 6:35, 9:05. The tourist 12:05, 2:25, 4:45, 7:10, 9:35. 127 Hours 12:15, 2:35, 4:50, 7:05, 9:20. The Social Network 8:30. friday 24 *Little Fockers 12, 2:20. *true Grit 12:40, 3:30. The Fighter 1, 3:35. How Do You Know 1:15, 3:50. tRoN: Legacy 12:50, 3:40. Yogi Bear 12:25, 2:30. The chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn treader 1:10, 3:45. The tourist 12:05, 2:25. 127 Hours 12:15, 2:35. saturday 25 *Gulliver’s travels 7:05, 9:10. *Little Fockers 7, 9:20. *true Grit 6:45, 9:30. The Fighter 6:50, 9:25. How Do You Know 6:55, 9:30. tRoN: Legacy 6:30, 9:15. Yogi Bear 6:40. The tourist 7:10, 9:35. 127 Hours 7:15, 9:25. The Social Network 8:30. sunday 26 — tuesday 28 *Gulliver’s travels 12:15, 2:35, 4:50, 7:05, 9:10. *Little Fockers 12, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:20. *true Grit 12:40, 3:30, 6:45, 9:30. The Fighter 1, 3:35,
6:50, 9:25. How Do You Know 1:15, 3:50, 6:55, 9:30. tRoN: Legacy 12:50, 3:40, 6:30, 9:15. Yogi Bear 12:25, 2:30, 4:35, 6:40. The chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn treader 12, 2:30. The tourist 12:05, 2:25, 4:45, 7:10, 9:35. 127 Hours 5, 7:15, 9:25. The Social Network 8:30.
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wednesday 22 — thursday 30 *Little Fockers 1:30 (except Wed), 6:30, 9. tRoN: Legacy 1:30 (except Wed), 6:30, 9. Closed Friday, December 24, 4 p.m., through Saturday, December 25, 5:30 p.m.
tHE SAVoY tHEAtER 26 Main St., Montpelier, 2290509, www.savoytheater.com
wednesday 22 — thursday 23 Upstairs: Black Swan 6, 8:30. Downstairs: client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer 1:30 (Wed only), 6:30. Kings of Pastry 4 (Wed only), 8:40. saturday 25 — thursday 30 Upstairs: Black Swan 1 & 4 (Sun, Mon & Wed only), 6, 8:30. Downstairs: *Sweetgrass 1:30 & 4 (Sun, Mon & Wed only), 6:30, 8:40. ***cineclub: Amélie Mon: 7. ***See website for details. Closed on Christmas Eve.
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wednesday 22 — thursday 30 *Little Fockers 2:30 (except Wed 22, Fri & Sat), 4:30 (except Wed 22 & Fri), 7 & 9:10 (except Fri). *true Grit 2:30 (except Wed 22, Fri & Sat), & 4:30 (except Wed 22 & Fri), 7 & 9:10 (except Fri). How Do You Know 2:30 (except Wed 22, Fri & Sat), & 4:40 (except Wed 22 & Fri), 7 & 9:10 (except Fri). Closed on Friday, December 24.
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wednesday 22 — tuesday 28 *Little Fockers 2 (except Sat), 7, 9 (except Fri). *true Grit 2 (except Sat), 7, 9 (except Fri). tRoN: Legacy 4 (except Sat), 7 & 9 (except Fri). Yogi Bear 2 & 4 (except Sat), 7. The chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn treader 4 (except Sat). Opens at 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 25.
YoGi BEARHH Kids may not remember the HannaBarbera cartoon, but they can’t seem to get enough of talking animals. Hence this 3-D animation in which two picnic-loving bears attempt to save Jellystone Park from development. With the voices of Dan Aykroyd, Justin Timberlake and Anna Faris. Eric Brevig directs. (82 min, PG. Bijou, Capitol [3-D], Essex [3-D], Majestic [3-D], Marquis, Palace, Welden)
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SAltH1/2 Phillip (Patriot Games) Noyce directed this thriller about a CIA agent (Angelina Jolie) who has to clear her name after she’s accused of being a sleeper agent. With Liev Schreiber and Chiwetel Ejiofor. (100 min, PG-13) SoUl KitcHENHHH1/2 German-Turkish director Fatih (The Edge of Heaven) Akin turns to comedy with this tale of a young Hamburger (Adam Bousdoukos) trying to keep his American-themed greasy-spoon restaurant alive. Moritz Bleibtreu plays his ne’er-do-well brother. (99 min, NR) StEp Up 3-D HH1/2 Moves are busted and leg warmers are worn in the second sequel to the popular Step Up, in which some street dancers step up and compete against the “world’s best breakdancers.” With Rick Malambri, Adam G. Sevani and Sharni Vinson. Jon Chu directs. (97 min, PG-13) WAll StREEt: moNEY NEVER SlEEpSHH1/2 Oliver Stone gives his 1987 potboiler about corruption in finance an update. With Michael Douglas, Shia Labeouf, Carey Mulligan and Josh Brolin. (136 min, R)
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NEWS QUIRKS by roland sweet Curses, Foiled Again
Federal authorities said two masked gunmen greeted the owners of a New York City pizzeria arriving home after closing the store and ordered one of the owners to hand over a bag they believed held the day’s earnings. Instead, Drug Enforcement Administration agent Kristie Osswald reported, it “contained pizza dough.” Even so, the pizzeria owner resisted handing over the bag. Taking that reaction as proof the bag had value, the robbers shot the owner twice in the legs and fled with the bread. Suspect Salvatore LaRosa, 25, later turned himself in. (New York’s Daily Times) Nathan Alan Bramlage, 23, walked into a police station in Eugene, Ore., and asked to make a call. The desk officer recognized Bramlage from surveillance video of a bank robbery the day before and notified detectives. “I just assume that he didn’t believe we’d recognize him,” Detective Ralph Burks said after Bramlage’s arrest. (Eugene’s Register-Guard)
Onward, Christian Soldiers The First Baptist Church of Dallas launched a holiday-season website for people to tattle on businesses that aren’t celebrating Christmas with appropriate store displays, advertising and greetings to customers, such as using “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.” “Too many businesses have bowed down to political correctness,” insisted the church’s pastor, the Rev. Robert Jeffress, who previously made national news by preaching a sermon titled “Why Gay Is Not OK” and branding Islam as an evil religion. “We meant this as a fun campaign.” (Dallas Morning News)
When Gratification Can’t Wait
Even though Alabama is the only state that still bans sex toys, Sherri Williams opened a new location for Pleasures, her “one-stop romance shop” in Huntsville, Ala. Williams claims it’s the first in the nation with three sex-toy drive-through lanes. Toys, lubricants and stimulants are delivered through the drive-through drawers in brown paper bags. Williams attracted media attention by challenging the sex-toy ban. The Alabama Supreme Court upheld it, but she has managed to circumvent it because state law does permit the sale of items designed for the “stimulation of human genital organs” if they’re for “a bona fide medical, scientific, educational, legislative, judicial or law enforcement purpose.” Pleasures requires customers to fill out a medical questionnaire describing the healthrelated reasons for their purchase. (Huntsville Times)
While admiring a gun his cousin had given him, Bannock County, Idaho, Sheriff Lorin Nielson tried to lower the hammer, but his thumb slipped. The gun fired, wounding Nielsen in the hand. “My pride is fractured,” he said after being treated in the emergency room, “but my hand is fine.” (Idaho Falls’ KIFI-TV) Police in Amherst, Mass., reported a man sitting on a bed watching a movie tried to scratch his nose with the barrel end of a BB gun, not realizing the safety wasn’t engaged, and accidentally shot himself in the face. (Northampton’s Daily Hampshire Gazette)
When Ricky New, 45, used a stick to rob a convenience store in Aiken, S.C., “he received an undisclosed amount of money and fled the scene on his getaway vehicle: a Craftsman riding lawn mower,” sheriff’s Capt. Troy Elwell stated, noting that deputies easily caught up to New. (Aiken Standard) Authorities charged Billie Jo Stevenson, 36, and Jonathan Lee Misner, 34, with stealing a motorized shopping cart from a Walmart store in Huntington, W.Va., after a state trooper found it — abandoned — blocking a highway lane. A sheriff’s deputy who responded observed the suspects walk from a strip club to the cart, then drive it home, with Misner walking beside the cart while Stevenson drove. (Huntington’s Herald-Dispatch)
On a Roll
Warren Saunders, 60, pleaded guilty to dropping toilet paper from a small plane over athletic fields at a middle school in Westwood, N.J. After witnesses on the ground spotted the plane, they alerted authorities, prompting a large law-enforcement response. When apprehended, Saunders explained he’d been practicing for a streamer drop he planned to do at a high school football field. He got probation and had to write a letter of apology to the mayor. (Woodland Park’s The Record) Iowa prisons intend making their own toilet paper, both to save having to buy it and to create jobs for inmates. Two prisons are currently testing a single-ply tissue made at a Missouri prison. Although Al Reiter, the associate warden at the prison in Anamosa, Iowa, said the test paper isn’t fluffy, the state insisted it’s good enough. State lawmakers must approve the switch to in-house processing, which Roger Baysden, director of Iowa Prison Industries, pointed out would save about $100,000 and employ 50 inmates. (Des Moines Register)
REAL free will astrology by rob brezsny DecemBer 23-29
aries (March 21-april 19): “There’s always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in,” wrote novelist graham greene. i’ll add to that: There are at least three moments in adulthood when a new door opens and invites the rest of the future in. Judging by the astrological omens, i’m guessing that one such breakthrough lies ahead for you in 2011. What can you do to expedite and encourage fate’s summons? Here’s one possibility: surrender to the naked truth of what you love. taUrUs (april 20-May 20): if oil companies
were given permission to sink their drilling rigs into the arctic national Wildlife refuge, the petroleum they produced would ultimately lower gasoline prices by 4 cents per gallon. to my mind, that’s not a good trade-off. let this scenario serve as a cautionary metaphor for you in 2011, taurus. Don’t share your pristine wilderness or soulful beauty with exploitative types who offer iffy rewards. instead, hold out for those who appreciate you profoundly and whose own gifts help you to thrive.
gemiNi (May 21-June 20): Freud said that
among all human endeavors, there were three “impossible professions” that inevitably yielded unsatisfying results. They were childrearing, the governing of nations and psychoanalysis. My own experiences don’t entirely confirm this. My parents raised me pretty well and i’ve given my daughter a decent upbringing. of the nine psychotherapists i’ve consulted in my life, two were excellent healers and none were damaging. but even those relatively winning projects were sometimes fraught with unsolvable riddles, chronic frustrations and maddening uncertainties. i bring this up, gemini, because i think 2011 will be a time when you will generate far more gratification and success than usual in your own versions of “impossible professions.” Unsolvable riddles, chronic frustrations and maddening uncertainties won’t be completely absent, but they could very well be at an all-time low. (June 21-July 22): “We have to believe in free will. We have no choice.” so said author isaac bashevis singer. i encourage you to adopt that puckish thought as your motto in 2011, my fellow Cancerian. according to my reading of the astrological omens, this will be our year to supercharge our willpower
of life?” — either because “they changed it,” as Carlin suggested, or because it’s no longer interesting or useful to you. This is very good news, in my opinion. you will have the invigorating privilege of going off in search of fresh answers to the riddle of the ages!
leo (July 23-aug. 22): The coming year will
be a time to think big — maybe even bigger than you’ve dared to think in over a decade. That doesn’t mean you should be rash, reckless or unrealistic. on the contrary. your expansive dreams should be carefully wrought and anchored in a detailed understanding of how things actually work. as an example of what not to do, learn from snoop Dog. The rapper wanted to rent all 62 square miles of the small european nation of liechtenstein so he could film his music video there. liechtenstein authorities turned him down, but only because his team didn’t ask far enough in advance. Had he been better organized, the whole country could have been his.
Virgo (aug. 23-sept. 22): an oregon man
named Don Wesson stopped his truck by the side of the road and took home a 40-pound rock that caught his eye. That was more than a decade ago. For years he used it as part of a border to prevent his dog from messing up his garden. Then he saw a tV show about meteorites and brought the rock to scientists. They told him it was a 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite that fell to earth long ago and originally came from the asteroid belt. other experts told him he could probably sell the exotic artifact for as much as $40,000. i predict a metaphorically similar development in your life during the coming year: the discovery of a valuable old thing from far away that you will underestimate at first.
liBra (sept. 23-oct. 22): richard grossinger is my friend, my teacher and the brilliant author of numerous books. (His latest is called 2013.) He is also a humble adept in the high art of gratitude. on his website, he has a page devoted to expressing vivid appreciation for the 71 best teachers of his life (bit.ly/yourteachers). His testimony is a riveting and touching reminder of how each of us is a creation of all the important people we’ve loved and hated. Compiling such a list should, i think, be a rite of passage for anyone
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):
I have tracked down a formula that I think should be one of your central ongoing meditations in 2011. It’s from newsman David Brinkley: “A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her.” In the coming months you will be extra smart about knowing which of these bricks to use and how exactly to position them in your foundation. And more than that, Capricorn: You will have special insight not only about bricks that have been flung fairly recently, but also about those that have been hurled at any time in your life. who aspires to be an authentic human being. There will never be a better time than 2011 for you to do this work yourself, libra.
(oct. 23-nov. 21): “Just when i found out the meaning of life,” said comedian george Carlin, “they changed it.” i’m hoping that will be one of your top inspirational jokes in 2011, scorpio. if all goes well, you will no longer be content with all your previous answers to the question “What is the meaning
sagittariUs (nov. 22-Dec. 21): The United nations has declared that 2011 will be the international year of Chemistry — a time to honor the role chemistry plays in our lives. Meanwhile, you sagittarians will be celebrating your own personal year of Chemistry, although in a different sense of the word — the sense that means natural attraction, spontaneous connection, intuitive allure and uncanny synchronicity. Don’t let this abundance of grace make you overconfident, and don’t just sit back and let it run wild. be a master chemist intent on rigorously cultivating the very best experiments. aQUariUs (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The city of
stockholm, sweden, consists of 14 islands that are spanned by more than 50 bridges. it’s a beautiful, clean, culturally rich place that’s ranked among the best urban centers in the world. i’m hoping that in the coming year you will develop a certain resemblance to it. With a little luck and a clear intention to forge strong new links, you will connect the many fragmented areas of your life, creating a unified network that ensures each part is humming in resonance with the whole. in fact, let’s call 2011 your bridge-building year.
(Feb. 19-March 20): at age 19, i wanted to be a poet when i grew up. My goal was to write a poem every day forever. and yet i had almost no ambition to get published. i was satisfied to bask in the ecstatic epiphany that accompanied each fresh poetic eruption. Then one day i was browsing in a bookshop and saw a flyer for a big upcoming poetry reading. it included every major poet in my then-hometown of santa Cruz — except me. i was shocked and hurt. Why was i left out? eventually i realized it was because all the other poets listed had written a book. From that moment on i was obsessively driven to publish my own tome. a year later, after much hard work, it came to pass. i would love to see you experience a similar wake-up call in 2011, Pisces: a friendly jolt that motivates you to rise to the next level.
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Using the enclosed math operations as a guide, fill the grid using the numbers 1 - 6 only once in each row and column.
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Complete the following puzzle by using the numbers 1-9 only once in each row, column and 3 x 3 box.
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DIFFICULTY THIS WEEK: HHH
Fill the grid using the numbers 1-6, only once in each row and column. The numbers in each heavily outlined “cage” must combine to produce the target number in the top corner, using the mathematical operation indicated. A one-box cage should be filled in with the target number in the top corner. A number can be repeated within a cage as long as it is not the same row or column.
Place a number in the empty boxes in such a way that each row acrosss, each column down and each 9-box square contains all of the numbers one to nine. The same numbers cannot be repeated in a row or column.
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Women seeking Men
part hippie, a little redneck Adventurous mountain girl seeks outdoorsman. I enjoy a healthy lifestyle, am very conscious about my consumption. I farm, garden, hunt, gather & love wholesome meals. Other simple pleasures include being on the water, in the woods, having dirt under my nails & spiders in my hair. I clean up nicely & love dressing up pretty to go out for dinner. huntandgather, 33, l, #119786 down to earth I’m new at this. Just a little about myself: casual, quiet, hardworking, family oriented. Would like to spend time w/ someone for dinner, movies, day trips, hiking. Looking for someone, maybe as a friend, someone to talk to first. Believe, 50, #119768
New to this I am a fun, smart, professional woman who is looking for a great guy to get to know. If you are honest, respectful, witty & fun, we might be a good match. Winter is coming & I’d like someone to ski, snowshoe & sit by the fire with. MarthaCrocker, 31, l, #119719
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Pure, simple pleasure I want to be in relationships that are fun, playful, creative, healthy, positive & charming. I love, equally, dressing up & going out to a great restaurant & hiking through the woods in the chill autumn air. I can promise hanging out w/ me will always be an adventure since I won’t settle for less. sassafrass28, 54, l, #119481 Looking for that special someone 21 y.o. woman in Menomonie looking for someone to spend my time w/ hanging out, cuddling, lunch, whatever. I LOVE coffee! Sorry, girls w/ cats, but I’m allergic! Tya89, 21, l, #119412 I like that about you I’m honest and emotionally courageous, with a gigantic sense of humor. I value integrity, intelligence and conversation. I’d like to meet someone who lives life creatively. azubi2life, 29, l, #116460 The relaxed, funny, movie fanatic I’m a college student, improv comedian, amazing cook, writer & music/ movie fanatic. I love: guitar players, girls w/ a good sense of humor, old souls, indie geeks & piercings/ tattoos. mynameisK7, 20, #118894
Men seeking Women I can’t lie :) Looking for a partner to walk hand & hand w/ in life’s ups & downs :). cliffy20, 48, #119776
PROFILE of the we ek: Women seeking Women
Pure, simple pleasure I want to be in relationships that are fun, playful, creative, healthy, positive & charming. I love, equally, dressing up & going out to a great restaurant & hiking through the woods in the chill autumn air. I can promise hanging out w/ me will always be an adventure since I won’t settle for less. sassafrass28, 54, l, #119481 FROM HER ONLINE PROFILE: Two books everyone should read are: Women Who Run With the Wolves; Me Talk Pretty Some Day. supported in safety & acceptance is most critical for deep connection. I am a lifelong student, observer & doer of great energy. beesweet, 59, l, #102488 observer Fit in mind & body, I am a participant, not a spectator. I am patient & adaptable. I seek a partner to share conversation &and companionship. I am attractive & young at heart. As others have said, I am probably an incurable romantic, thankfully. 119750, 56, l, #119750 Military Outside, Softy Inside This military gentleman is sometimes a bit rough around the edges but always has a kind heart. I can mix social engagements w/ quiet nights, dress shirts w/ Levis, nightclubs w/ campfires, dimly lit dining rooms w/ starlit patios. I know my way around a kitchen & realize that not every article of clothing goes in the washer/dryer. ;^). Gem_In_I, 45, u, l, #119755 Good Communicator, Renaissance Man Healthy & fit homebody loves: being in, on & around water & nature; cooking; dancing; body surfing; meditation; physical, emotional & spiritual intimacy; sharing interests together; tranquility; shaking loose; traveling/ adventuring; snowshoeing; live music; living simply on this precious planet; being alive! Relationships are important. How do we travel that path in balance & joy & in tune w/ Spirit? NatureGuy350, 64, l, #118752
Hey, guys, I’m a 22 y.o white guy looking for a long-term relationship & will be faithful. I really enjoy reading, hiking & cuddling up w/ a man of my own. Those are the most important things to me. I’m willing to try almost anything once. So if this sounds like something that you’re interested in, message me. buddy12388, 22, #119677 Loverboy, Loverboy... Hi, I’m me, it’s True! Just a kid in town you may know, or wish to. You may find me in a certain coffee shop, wearing some colorful scarves, maybe glitter. I hope to intimidate none & invite anyone w/ a little strength in their heart to know me better. Love dates! Be who you Are, Love what you Do! i_maginary, 22, l, #119604 work hard play hard Independent, fun guy, new to town, looking for friends & fun! Like all things outdoors, especially sun, swimming, boating, tennis, walking, skiing. Believe in making the most of the week & the weekend. Travel a lot, but like to return home to have friends over & cook, party & live! simpatico, 41, u, l, #118826 Living the life. 26 y.o. guy that likes to just have fun in life. Looking for someone to get to know and see what happens. I have many interests, but particularly love music :) Kind, honest, funny & sexy guys take a seat up front. Jupiter_ Lightning_Flash, 26, u, l, #104620
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Down-to-earth happy heart Hi, there. I am down to earth & caring. Hoping to meet someone who enjoys life & would like to share all that it offers. Someone also down to earth, outgoing,
Geeky, funny & slightly nervous Me in a nutshell: funny, geeky gamer girl. Feminine but love to play fix it. Adore Jeopardy, love my dog more than most people & strive to be kind to all I meet. Sarcastic w/ friends, yet utterly charming w/ strangers. Looking to meet new people, as my job doesn’t afford me the opportunity to get out much. TrinityJade, 30, l, #119608
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Lady lookin’ for mmm I have just begun a new chapter of my life & am looking for someone to share good times & laughs as we walk together down life’s road. sheena, 52, #119723
off the merry-go-round Hi. I don’t want to include information about what I do for work, or my looks, or education, or whether I’m height/ weight proportionate. Does it really matter? I’m me. I’m learning to be less me & more me at the same time. And I’m not here to “make” anyone happy. How about you? Curious (in general)? notamilf43, 43, l, #119700
open to oral & bi Single, 45, tall & very aggressive. Own my own house (w/ a monthly mortgage payment), newer car, activities. Yes, using my blanket in the warmer weather. My fireplace rug works well in the colder weather. Have many pillows to use for support. Try me; you will not regret or be let down. I can tell you that up front. Deb_Abby, 45, #119758
Men seeking Men
Funny & Down to Earth I think I am & have been told I am funny, a good listener & a pretty good tennis player. Looking for same in partner or one willing to try ;). Would like to have a best friendship that can grow into a loving, committed relationship. Tennis is my most favorite way for exercise & fun but will entertain other ways. Midnite1, 55, l, #119744
Hi! Pretty, young, strong & single :) Are you up for the challenge? jyo85, 25, l, #119707
A Lot to offer Hi, I’m a creative, passionate, deep, complex, warm, funny, attractive woman. I’m looking for friends or more near Monty P. This is you: deepened by life, not hollowed, intelligent, warm, ethical, affectionate, smart, kind, considerate. I want to meet women who respect themselves & their journeys, who put thought into their lives. galaxyb, 40, #119761
seeking Her nectar The sweet Earth holds my roots in deep embrace. I am grounded through daily engagement w/ plants & cultivation, athletics, couples dance & sculpture. Although common interests are important for the foundation of friendship, how differences are
Outdoors fun! Outdoors enthusiast who likes to explore hidden places & appreciates the extreme character Vermont offers. I’m laid back & enjoy a lot of activities, and I relish new adventures. I’m looking for a woman who is interested in a new friend; can’t say much more because you never know who may make you smile big! sailH2O, 41, l, #113979
Just Lookin’ Young, adventurous, ambitious, average-looking F who enjoys the outdoors, as well as many inside activities. Enjoy everything from hiking, country walks, camping, fishing & wildlife photography to playing pool & bowling. Working in health/medical field & hold license in cosmetology. Would like to find someone who enjoys some of the same interests. 119760, 51, u, l, #119760
Looking for a special friend It’s been a while & I am ready to meet a nice man, for friends to start & some chatting to get to know each other. And who knows where we’ll go from here, perhaps a relationship. We’ll both know if it’s meant to be. LittleCountryGirl, 43, #119699
Women seeking Women
Sustainable living & personal growth I am about as multifaceted & simple as they come. I strive for balance in all aspects of my life, but true balance is very complex & far from stagnant. TrueNaturalLifestyle, 31, #113975
Outgoing Nice Guy Am I the last of my kind? I am kind, loyal & try to do the best that I can in everything. I’m looking for someone who will appreciate what I have to offer & can be my equal. p916, 40, l, #119747
told), so let’s get together & have some fun ;). Edd420, 29, #119737
For group fun, bdsm play, and full-on kink:
am they bunny let me be your prey. Bunnyofsnow, 19, l, #119307
love sex Would like to find a good man; willing to give relationships a try. Unafraid to be honest. Have fun in life; no downers. Can be fun if you give it a chance to work out. In need of a relationship w/ one who cares. Will put in lots of feedback & lots of attention. CA2001, 42, #106992 In Need, Can You Help Looking for like-minded women or couples who want to have great sex. I’m not shy & love to enjoy a woman. No need for drinks. We meet, we XXXX, we leave. I am married. Can play alone but really want him involved. I love to watch him w/ another & he loves to watch! Looking for a dominant, too. Hubby must watch. 3isbetter, 38, l, #104249
I like sex to excess I make whoopie all day; I love w33d & having intercourse while I smoke. I love to make butter from herb & use that in bed, too. I’ll do anything once as long as there’s 420 involved. sexmaker6669420, 18, l, #119659 friend or something more 21, 5’4”, blonde. I’m loud, bubbly & just a little crazy. I love to laugh & make people laugh, and I am always up for something new. I’m looking for just about anything: friendship, fun, or, if I’m lucky, something more. I’ve got a lot of curve, so I’m looking for someone who doesn’t mind a girl w/ a little something extra :). ellegurl13, 21, l, #119600 I’s Have It Gimme a time, place, a hard man to work w/ ‘cause I have a lot of energy to expend. I’m D/D free & want the same from the other. This is NSA & NO mind games involvement. So, if you wanna get lucky, “Go ahead, I’ll make your day.” Feeling lucky? Send email or flirt. Just “LUCKY” email. ash, 41, u, #119571 hot wheels amputee I’m looking for a man to play around w/ in the early afternoon. If you haven’t guessed, yes, I’m in a wheelchair & missing a piece. If you’ve ever wanted a strange piece of ass, now would be the time to try. I would like to someday meet my future man, but I’d like to play until that day. strangepiece, 39, u, #119475 Bunny I like sex nothing wrong with that, I am currently in an open relationship. My goal here is to make a few friends to have some steamy sexual conversations with. I want to be strictly online with e-mail only. Don’t be afraid I
need some fun I’m a young mom who’s bursting for something fun. Seeking both. Because of family, need to be discreet. Love to dance & have fun. If you’re sweet, nice & kind & want to show a girl a good time, let me know. funbarregrl88, 22, l, #119229
Sexy, Natural, Intuitive Girl I’m a clean, smart, outgoing girl looking to experiment w/ other girls for the first time. I’d also love to see what the men out there can offer. I’m confident in bed & love to know where I can make improvements. I’m flirty & VERY sexually charged, so I need someone who can keep up w/ me. optimisticloving, 20, l, #119017
Tired of dreaming Want to try the les route, discreetly. Dreamed of it for ages & now it’s time to try. So many fantasies of what I can do to you & you to me. timetotry, 50, #119188
playful attractive sweetheart I am a fun, playful & high-spirited woman, and at the same time intimate & quiet. I am looking to connect w/ a man who can share & enjoy life w/ me! codybabe, 28, #119015
No BS, just real Just let me show you. mybe, 61, #118996
seeking outdoor orgasm In 17th-century French literature moustaches were a symbol of sexual prowess. Seeking an impressively moustachioed manual laborer for back-door sexploration, public rooftop rendezvous, and/or general chainsaw play. Fatties need not respond. TrailWorkingFlooze, 21, #118971
Let’s get curious together Looking for a woman or couple (if the fit is right) to play in a way I’ve never tried before but always wanted to. Have a family & a career, so discretion a must. Looking for a new, fun adventure. Send me a message & we’ll see where it leads. tanqueraygirl, 43, #119021
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Sex is my favorite workout! I’m a young man in my early 20s, chock-full of adventure, energy & passion. I seek a damsel w/ experience to explore the best orgasms possible. I am athletic, 8 inches & very low key. I like to give/receive oral, play w/ you however you’d like & go multiple times. CubForAlady, 23, #119728 shy exhibitionist Need pink saloon for big Jim & the twins to dance in. bradbuick, 62, u, #119316 well equiped & ready Reasonably attractive man in a longterm open relationship seeks F, 25-50, who wants a little more sex than she is getting. In decent shape, have vasectomy, disease free. Sensitive, nice guy, but I like to dominate a little in bed. I would also enjoy meeting a couple if he would like to watch her get it and/ or join in. NEKguy, 42, u, l, #119718
Need to try something new Looking for love in all the wrong places. It’s time to spice things up w/ a mature woman looking for the same. Age isn’t important, but a great smile is. MrSweetness, 33, l, #119656
Sexy420 couple seeking hot chick! Hi, my boyfriend & I are looking for a cute girl to have some fun with! 420-friendly, D/D-free, down-toearth couple looking for curvy & super kinky! We love to play! Please send picture & would like to hook up this weekend! Thanks M + S. w33d_lovers, 21, l, #116789 One Time Only VERY happy couple interested in a F, attractive, clean & interested in my
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Be my sexy sultry slave Dude, it’ll totally be great. I’m tellin’ ya. I’ll say things like “You’re hot,” as I tie you to the bed. Then yell, “It’s a shpadoinkle day!” as I pull a 360 personality change that makes you really question why you ever contacted me in the first place. You’ll leave saying things like, “OMG, why was he singing musicals?” BurlingtonVTDT, 30, #119763 FROM HIS ONLINE PROFILE: Great sex calls for lots of... Communication. Seriously, if you dont know what each other likes, how the hell can you please one another? Single & looking
This is my first ad on here. I am a 47 3/1/10 1:15:57 PM y.o. SM from Essex Junction. Looking Weekly bondage pal wanted for whatever may come my way. I am an easygoing person who likes Boring profile I know, but just being light bondage. Not into giving or honest. SingleinEssex, 47, #119717 receiving pain. Breast bondage is very exciting for me to do, so ample Let’s play! breasts are a plus. Plus-size women I am looking for people to have honest, are great. tb05641, 61, u, #117822 drama-free, physical play time with. Flirty fun & intellectual explorations are Explorer Seeks Fountain of Youth a possibility provided we click. D/D free, I’m seeking a young woman who is in good physical shape & discreet. 6’, 165 willing to try an encounter w/ an lbs, dark hair, green eyes. If you enjoy older guy. If you get aroused being spending an hour (or 5) in the moment exhibitionistic, that could work as I exploring yourself & others, let’s have am quite voyeuristic. I prefer small some fun! Luckyboy, 48, #119696 breasted & slim over large breasted & chunky. I’m open to various kinks Above Average Trustafarian if you like to explore. I’m weedSugar Daddy friendly, still in shape, great sense Looking for NSA fun with a smokin hot of humor. Poddu, 63, l, #119754 lady 23-35ish. Not into head games, just party, sex, dancing, and funk. Let’s Extreme Sports do it, maybe i’ll take you to Vegas if I can Adrenaline junkie, pilot, sailor. Outside stand you for more than an evening. of work I am usually outside. Seeking Sorta joking, Hey! I’ll buy you a pizza! woman friend w/ benefits; someone Leave your email and i’ll get in touch. to share sweat & sex. Message me Thanks! bobbyaceweir, 33, #119690 for more. zone, 51, l, #119745 BodyHeat Loves giving anal I love going out on the town & I like to have discreet fun. Get in dancing in clubs. I love to kiss & touch w/ me if you want it, because caress. I’m looking for some steamy I will probably be willing to give it. fun. Contact me if you’re great & I love music, film, art & smoking wanna have a kick-ass time. I’m in pot. Morningstar12, 20, #119736 incredible shape & have the best kind of energy. Andrutakiss, 28, #119683 Looking for something new I’m here looking to try some new Aim to Please things. I’m Will. To try anything at I am a perfect match for a woman all, don’t be afraid to ask! I have a who wants an occasional, NSA, great sense of humor (so I’ve been
no-drama sexual adventure. I want to please you the way you like it. Want2meet, 44, #112961
girlfriend. No games, just play. There to please her only w/ the boyfriend. Boyfriend is off limits & only for the girlfriend. Pictures are a must & this is a one-time deal. Afterward you will go about your way & not look back. LaurenTatem, 22, l, #119721 Normal attractive couple seeking spice Clean, fit couple looking for a submissive, petite/fit F for discreet one-time fun in the bedroom. 21 or over necessary. Discretion a must, willing to host or travel. Must be willing to try new things. Pigwidgeon, 23, #119710 Help raise our freak flag 45/50 y.o. professional couple wants to fly their freak flag high. He’s a former pro athlete w/ an incredible sex drive; she’s a sexy brainiac w/ an equally high sex drive & kink factor. We’re looking for an open-minded woman to explore w/ us but above all have fun. Vtprofessionalcouple, 45, #119649 Testing the waters Attractive, professional, mid-20s couple looking for first-time adventures. Looking for women or couple to spend time w/ hiking or in front of the fireplace playing pool, enjoying good food & spirits. Heavy petting OK; not looking for sex. Her: bicurious. Him: hetero. kitteh, 28, l, #119629
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Mambo King All Star Are you the guy in flaming Converse All-Stars who grooved to the Cubana beat? You make me all caliente! It’s you I want to meet. Your ginger hair, your sweat, your hips, your lips, your style. I am that Latina chica who caught your winsome smile. When: Thursday, November 11, 2010. Where: Cuba. You: Man. Me: Woman. #908393 Best Buy Williston Friday Night 9 p.m. You were looking for a cable to go from your old laptop to a new one. I saw you look more than once. Black & gray hat, camo shirt, scruffy but cute. I was in a hurry & had to go, but for a moment I was blushing. Thank you. ;) When: Friday, December 17, 2010. Where: Best Buy Williston. You: Man. Me: Woman. #908386
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Maybe someday, or maybe never I know that I wasn’t able to be what you wanted, but this slice of joy misses you nevertheless. When: Saturday, November 13, 2010. Where: all summer long. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #908381 smiling on bus Hey, we both smiled as we got on the bus. Sat 1 seat behind you & we smiled at each other a few more times. I kept watching you play w/ your lip ring. You were wearing black-&-pink shoes. Would love to talk, maybe sit together next time. Still see your smile. When: Thursday, December 16, 2010. Where: Essex bus to downtown. You: Woman. Me: Man. #908380 Lunar Eclipse of the Heart You: tracking wolves in the northwoods until June. Me: waiting at Chickadee Landing covered in cattail pollen. Us: together at last while the sun stands still on B’tawbagok, hearts singing the melody, “My love is for you, let’s play!” When: Friday, December 4, 2009. Where: under a huge Christmas tree. You: Woman. Me: Man. #908379 SWM I’ve seen you many times over the last year. Many times I’ve pushed you away & shut down, and you’ve pushed back & stayed in my life. It’s been annoying & wonderful at the same time. All I can say is thank you. Your friendship means the world to me. I may not be your Ms. Right, but I’m grateful. When: Sunday, December 20, 2009. Where: choral concert. You: Man. Me: Woman. #908378
cute smile at manhattan Exchanged a few glances w/ you at Manhattan Pizza on Friday. You had a green coat on & a cute smile. I had the orange hat on w/ colorful scarf. Just wanted to thank you for flashing me that great smile. When: Friday, December 10, 2010. Where: Manhattan Pizza. You: Man. Me: Woman. #908371 re: Cute Mustache I’m glad you “love love the ‘stache.” I am not a recluse & can often be seen about the town. The stache had gone away for a bit but is on its way back. Maybe you will find it out & about. If not, you could always message me where you found me first. And thanks for the spy! When: Friday, November 12, 2010. Where: You spied me. You: Woman. Me: Man. #908370 Response to You’re Unbelievable This is a longshot, but your post hit home. If you’re the woman I’m hoping you are, you have nothing to worry about, because I’ll always love you, want you & be there for you if you let me. If you’re someone else, I hope you give yourself a chance in the future & wish you happiness. When: Saturday, December 11, 2010. Where: here & maybe elsewhere. You: Woman. Me: Man. #908368 Tooth Model in Williston We met briefly on a boat this summer; you told me you were a tooth model & I told you that I like to go whitewater rafting. I saw you at your office this past Wednesday, twice at the elevator, & we traded smiles. I would love to grab a drink sometime & trade more “interesting facts”. When: Wednesday, December 8, 2010. Where: Williston office building. You: Woman. Me: Man. #908367 Tattooed cashier w/Gaelic name ...and the ring in your finger! But it’s on the right hand, not left, so hmmm. I’ll find out if you’re taken soon enough, but I figured I’d give you the chance to guess who I am & let you know I think you’re sexy. When replying, give me a detail or two about me (or what we’ve chatted about). When: Friday, December 10, 2010. Where: Route 14. You: Woman. Me: Man. #908366 The Hospice & then ...the Co-op. You’re cute. When: Thursday, December 9, 2010. Where: Brattleboro. You: Man. Me: Woman. #908365
My partner and I (she’s a woman; I’m a man) are each 60, have been together four years, and have the best sex of our lives together. Recently we were staying in a motel and, after an extraordinary session of love making, I woke up at 3:30 in the morning with insomnia. Our sex should have knocked me out for the night, but it didn’t, and I soon started replaying our earlier love making in my head. I was aroused. Rather than wake my lovely partner, who needs more sleep than I do, I began to quietly masturbate — but it wasn’t quiet enough. It woke her, and besides being annoyed to be woken, she was upset, believing that my masturbating meant her love making wasn’t good enough for me. We talked about it the next day, and I told her she had nothing to worry about. I told her that just thinking about her excites me and makes me so happy and satisfied that I rarely masturbate, but that men and women are different. Maybe a woman masturbating during a relationship can reflect some dissatisfaction, especially if it’s done regularly. Maybe it’s the same with a man, too, for that matter. We enjoy your column, so I offered to write to you for your take on this matter.
Essex Wanker (rarely!)
News flash! Guys, if you think you can masturbate next to your sleeping beauty and not wake her, get real! Unless she’s had a bottle of chardonnay and two Advil PM tablets, the subtle shaking of the entire bed and the suctioned slapping sound of you jerking it are sure to rouse her from slumber. If you must tend to business, please, head for the bathroom. Now that we’ve got that squared away, let’s move on to your inquiry. As long as you are still interested in sex with your partner — which you clearly are — masturbating is a healthy activity. Your sexual relationship with yourself is just as important as your sexual relationship with your partner. Through masturbation, we learn which sensations feel good to us, and we’re able to play out fantasies in our minds that fuel the continued intimacy with our partners. Your lady has nothing to worry about. In fact, she should be thrilled to have a sexually charged partner who worships her so. One last thing: Forget the gender bias in your talks about masturbation. Men and women enjoy pleasure equally, and the idea that men should get off more just encourages old ways of thinking about women and sex.
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Hey Deutschland Sorry for making you wait the first night we met. I didn’t even know where k21 was. You were funny & sweet & I had a blast. I think it is about time we meet up again. Zu mir oder zu dir? When: Sunday, October 5, 2008. Where: k21. You: Man. Me: Woman. #908364
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Hey, Lorax! We talked briefly at a stop light about your license plate (I think there was
Tall Trees at City Market You were wearing a lime green knit winter hat, jeans, and had glasses on, a radiant smile & a distinct twinkle in
Littlebitcountry, little bit Saw many similarities of interest. You also caught mine. Now the question is: Are you? When: Friday, December 10, 2010. Where: Seven Days. You: Man. Me: Woman. #908372
Abhyanga at Two2Tango 9:07 p.m. Time for my first spy. Your 1x3-cbhb-personals-alt.indd 1 6/14/10 profile made me smile & dream. I’ll 2:39:13 PM join you in skipping the length of I’m making a list Church St. then tea. Thanks for the I’m checking it twice, I’m gonna find out Ayurvedic info. Peace. When: Saturday, who’s naughty/nice. On the BAD list: December 18, 2010. Where: Two2Tango. the person who took down my Rudolph You: Woman. Me: Man. #908385 Crossing sign on Rte 100 b/t Waterbury Center & Stowe. Remember, I see you Other Place Billiards when you’re sleeping, I know when You were playing pool when I got in; you you’re awake. I know if you’ve been bad should have beaten him. We caught or good so be good for Rudolph’s sake. each other’s eyes before you left. I’m SC-Founder/The Rudolph Underground glad I was able to wave good-bye. We When: Friday, December 10, 2010. should meet up for drinks & shoot Where: Rt. 100N, Waterbury Center. some pool. I like your hair & I think You: Man. Me: Man. #908377 your lip rings are rad. When: Thursday, December 16, 2010. Where: The Other George in Honey Hollow Place. You: Woman. Me: Man. #908384 George, I saw you coming down the hill in your sporty red Ralph Lauren Hoodie Bolton Valley Girl & booties. I noticed you were missing Cute girl named Sarah(?) who printed one but thought nothing of it UNTIL I my season’s pass. We laughed that I found it on the trail. Was your paw cold? was wearing the exact same jacket Did your owner notice? If you want your & hat as last year’s photo. Maybe booty back, just let me know. I have it we can hit the slopes sometime, or for you! When: Saturday, December whatever? When: Friday, December 11, 2010. Where: Honey Hollow. You: 17, 2010. Where: Bolton Valley. You: Man. Me: Woman. u #908376 Woman. Me: Man. u #908383
Littlebitcountry, littlebitdd Seeing many similarties. Interested in knowing more. Question is: Are you? When: Friday, December 10, 2010. Where: Seven Days. You: Man. Me: Woman. #908374
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something on your roof at the time). We both had little ones in car seats. Do you want to get together sometime & devise the downfall of the Once-ler? When: Saturday, December 11, 2010. Where: Williston Rd. by the Holiday Inn. You: Woman. Me: Man. #908382
the eye! I was working the lot, wearing a blue beret, and we bantered & enjoyed it. When: Saturday, December 11, 2010. Where: City Market. You: Woman. Me: Man. u #908375
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